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Practices that work

This 'Practices that work' section features three collections of practices being used throughout the European Union:

  • some have been formally evaluated and have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous research (Evidence-Based Practice section),
  • practices that are socially innovative, have a clear theory of change and have been developed in the past 5 years and therefore do not have sufficient evidence of their effectiveness but which are promising (Social Innovation Repository sectionnew addition), and
  • other practices that have not been evaluated and which are being shared in the spirit of collaboration (User Registry).

These three registries are designed to complement each other and to provide a comprehensive picture of the most effective practices being used throughout the European Union.

Submit a practice for inclusion in the European Platform for Investing in Children database

EPIC is an open platform: innovative child-related practices can be submitted on the website via an online form, and stakeholders and users can send an email for further information.

Evidence guide

This evidence guide provides a starting point for policymakers who seek more information on how to use evidence to strengthen policies for investing in children.

The guide will familiarise users with the basics of some approaches to using evidence to inform policies related to children including

  • conducting needs assessments,
  • selecting practices that have shown promise in previous implementation,
  • developing a logic model to help plan a practice and determine if it has achieved its objectives,
  • conducting or overseeing various types of evaluation including theory-based evaluations and counterfactual impact evaluations.

The guide contains original material and also points users to existing useful material that is available for free on the Internet.

Implementation guide

This implementation guide is intended to provide the reader with research-based information on those implementation strategies that have been linked to successful programme implementation. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) identifies four stages of implementation:

  • Exploration, assessment of readiness for implementation.
  • Installation, the acquisition of resources required for implementation.
  • Initial implementation, in which the programme implementation is ramping up and programme staff are learning to execute the programme with fidelity.
  • Full implementation, which is reached when more than half of the programme staff are executing the new programme with fidelity and good outcomes.

While identifying and delivering Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) that have been shown to successfully target the needs of a given population is critically important, without effective implementation, programmes are unlikely to succeed. The guide provides the reader with research-based information on how to most effectively support programme implementation.

The guide contains original material and also points users to existing useful material that is available for free on the Internet.