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Evaluation of the North Yorkshire Partners in Practice Programme (including No Wrong Door Programme)

Evaluation of the REAL Programme

We are evaluating the Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) programme. It is an intervention that seeks to support children’s early literacy and language by working with parents and practitioners to improve children’s home learning environment.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have asked NatCen Social Research (NatCen) to carry out the independent evaluation of the REAL programme which will be run by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Our evaluation looks at whether the REAL programme makes a difference to children’s early language and communication.  To see if REAL makes a difference we will be conducting a randomised control trial across more than 60 nurseries.  This means children taking part in the study will be randomly allocated to either take part in the REAL programme or to continue as usual.  At the end of the study we will compare the early language and communication skills of children who did and did not take part in the REAL programme.

At the end of the study we will submit a report to EEF, which will be published on their website.  None of the children or nurseries taking part will be named in this report.

What is the evaluation trying to find out?

Our evaluation will answer four key questions:

  • How is The REAL programme carried out?
  • What are the challenges for carrying out the REAL programme?
  • What, if any, impact does REAL have on children’s early literacy?
  • What are the effects of the REAL programme on the home learning environment?