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SPDO Knowledge Exchange Brief
Layers of engagement: learning from the Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes research programme public engagement exercise
Tania Burchardt, Bert Provan and Kerris Cooper
The purpose of this note is to share with the research community the lessons we feel we have learned from a public engagement exercise that we undertook, in collaboration with Sense about Science, as part of the Social P...Read more...
24 August 2022
Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes Overview Paper
The Conservative Governments' Record on Social Policy from May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020: Policies, Spending and Outcomes
This overview report provides an assessment of social policy developments under the three Conservative Governments that were in power between May 2015 and the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. The report provid...Read more...
22 February 2021
Inequalities in the experience of early education in England: Access, peer groups and transitions
Tammy Campbell, Ludovica Gambaro and Kitty Stewart
There are long-standing disparities in child development between children from different backgrounds. Progress in narrowing gaps is slow and differences remain wide, especially by household income. This Nuffield Found...Read more...
7 June 2019
SPCC Working Paper
The Coalition's Record on Under Fives 2010-2015
The Government's strategy for improving social mobility emphasised the importance of early childhood. Against a backdrop of tightening austerity, what happened in practice to children's services, family incomes and early...Read more...
26 January 2015
Does early centre-based care have an impact on child cognitive and socio-emotional development? Evidence from Chile
Worldwide, non-maternal child care during the first years of life has gradually become more prevalent. However, there is little evidence for Chile about the benefit of early attendance at centre-based care—especially uni...Read more...
12 December 2014
Labour's Record on the Under Fives: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997-2010
When Labour came to power in 1997 it made commitments to reduce poverty and improve children’s health, education and wider life chances. Early childhood was considered central to the strategy, and considerable resources ...Read more...
12 November 2013
SPCC Working Paper
Labour's Record on the Under Fives: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997 - 2010
When Labour came to power in 1997 it made commitments to reduce poverty and improve children’s health, education and wider life chances. How far did it act on these commitments, at what cost, and with what impact?...Read more...
1 July 2013
A question of quality: Do children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive lower quality early years education and care in England?
Ludovica Gambaro, Kitty Stewart and Jane Waldfogel
This paper examines how the quality of formal early childhood education and care is associated with children’s background. By using different indicators of quality, the research also explored how the relationship varies ...Read more...
1 March 2013
Freedom to be a Child: Commercial Pressures on Children
Children’s lives have been transformed over the past century. Family incomes have increased, children lead more solitary lives, attitudes to childhood have changed, new products have been developed and commercial pressur...Read more...
Investing in Children: What do we know? What should we do?
Sheldon Danziger and Jane Waldfogel
In 1998, a conference brought together US psychologists, economists, sociologists, demographers, political scientists, social workers, and medical doctors, to review what we know about the processes that affect child dev...Read more...