In February 2013, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage. The Recommendation provides guidance for European Union (EU) Member States on how to tackle child poverty and social exclusion through policy efforts such as family support and benefits, quality childcare and early childhood education.
One component of the Recommendation encourages Member States to strengthen evidence-based practice (EBP) development in order to most effectively break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) website supports the evidence-based policy guidance of the Recommendation by collecting and disseminating information related to evidence-based practices that were found to have a positive impact on children and families in EU Member States, among other activities.
This guide further promotes EPIC's role in supporting the Recommendation and improving investments in children by providing a framework for programme planners who seek more information on how to effectively implement EBPs in a real-world context. Implementation is defined as a "specified set of activities designed to put into practice an activity or program of known dimensions". While identifying and delivering EBPs that have been shown to successfully target the needs of a given population is critically important, without effective implementation, programs are unlikely to succeed. Here we provide the reader with research-based information on how to most effectively support programme implementation.
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