Family 2020 Academic Research
Suffolk County Council commissioned NEF Consulting and UCL Institute of Health Equity to review the
research and assess the evidence base behind its Family 2020 strategy.
Family 2020 is an innovative and outcomes-led strategy that addresses a fundamental need: to maintain and improve the level of support to families at a time of increasingly scarce resources. This requires local authorities to find more targeted and creative ways of delivering services for families and communities.
The aim of our work was to present evidence to support or challenge the specific elements of the
Family 2020 Strategy.
Focusing on the four key themes of the Family 2020 Strategy (Integration, Digital, Early Help and Locality) we considered the evidence base for the strategy’s goals of delivering quality, efficiency, service integration and early intervention. In each case the evidence revealed examples of similar or related models and programmes and was used to identify successes and lessons learned.