Preparing for Life (PFL) was a prevention and early intervention programme which aimed to improve the life outcomes of children and families living in North Dublin, Ireland, by intervening during pregnancy and working with families until the children started school. The PFL programme was evaluated using a mixed methods approach, incorporating a longitudinal randomised control trial design and an implementation analysis. The experimental component involved the random allocation of participants from the PFL communities to either a high support treatment group or a low support treatment group. Both groups received developmental toys, as well as access to preschool, public health workshops, and a support worker. Participants in the high treatment group also received home visits from a trained mentor and had group parent training via the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme. The PFL treatment groups were also compared to a ‘services as usual’ comparison group (LFP), who did not receive the supports of the PFL programme.

This second report of the PFL Impact Evaluation highlights the aims, methods and findings from the evaluation of the PFL Programme at 6 months. The aim of this report is to determine whether the PFL programme had an impact on parent and child outcomes at and before six months, and to provide a detailed review of implementation practices in the programme regarding attrition, dosage, participant engagement, and programme effectiveness/satisfaction from the perspectives of participants and PFL staff.

The reports from the follow-up waves of PFL are listed below, and an overview of the study as a whole is presented in the Final Report. See also the Ten Years of Learning report by the Centre for Effective Services for the broader context of Prevention and Early Intervention across the island of Ireland. PFL was funded as part of The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative (PEII) - see below links for further details.