About the Improving Futures programme

The Improving Futures programme was a £30.5M programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund from 2011 - 2017. The programme provided funding to 26 pilot projects across the UK, to test different approaches to improve outcomes for children living in families with multiple and complex needs.

The Improving Futures programme was established to test three areas:

  • Whether there was a gap in support for families with children aged 5-10;
  • Whether family support was effective when VCSEs were put in the lead;
  • and - Whether the learning from this could infiltrate into public services and lead to the roll-out of the most effective approaches.

The Fund commissioned a consortium led by Ecorys UK and including Family Lives, Ipsos MORI and Professor Kate Morris to evaluate the programme.

This website is overseen by Ecorys UK, and provides all the key documents produced by the evaluation.

For more information about the evaluation contact James Ronicle, Associate Director at Ecorys: James.Ronicle@ecorys.com

Evaluation reports