Improving Futures

We have been commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund (in partnership with Ecorys, the University of Nottingham and Ipsos Mori) to conduct an evaluation of the Improving Futures programme.

Improving Futures is a UK-wide programme that aims to improve the lives of children growing up in families with multiple and complex needs.

The project also sets out to improve knowledge and evidence about the types of approaches that make the most difference to children’s futures, so evaluation and learning are an essential part of the programme.

The evaluation will run over five years from 2011 to 2016, during which we will assess the effectiveness and impact of the programme. We will support the 26 local projects to identify outcomes and measure progress over time. The evaluation will focus on capturing and sharing learning between the individual projects, and disseminating findings to policy-makers and practitioners across the UK.

The Improving Futures website and portal for the individual projects are now live. Visit

You can now read all about the Year 1 Evaluation Report and download the top tips learned from the projects' inaugural year in our news section. is an online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning.