The initial protocol for the A Better Start evaluation has been published. This marks the first peer-reviewed publication for the national evaluation
The paper details the evaluation of the impact and cost-effectiveness of the A Better Start (ABS) area-based intervention programme on early-life outcomes, which will be a longitudinal cohort study with comparison (control) cohort samples. There are are 5 ABS areas and 15 matched comparison sites and the cohort study that incorporates these (n=2885) begins in 2019.
Primary outcomes for the evaluation include nutrition, socioeconomic development, speech, language and learning.
You can view the paper online here.