Early Intervention Foundation National Conference 2017

Friday, 19th May 2017

On 11th May 2017, the Early Intervention Foundation held their 3rd annual National Conference bringing together people and voices from across the early intervention sector and all levels of government, commissioning and delivery for a day of learning and knowledge-sharing. This year, it was held at the historic Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in Regents Park and Social Finance were proud sponsors of the conference.

We have summarised some of our key thoughts and reflections below:

EIF & the Public Reform Landscape

The EIF is now an essential part of the public service reform landscape; their interactive evidence base on what works across the country is positive step forward but not yet a comprehensive map of early intervention. There is need for a more collaborative contribution to that process, linking into other What Works centres and organisations that work on innovative reforms.

Investing in early intervention is at the heart of social investment; but we believe it is also a route to better public services that are less reactive, less acute and deliver better value for money as well as better outcomes.


There was emphasis on the importance of data capture, analysis and gaining insights key to early intervention. Social Finance presented our workbench which allows authorities to conduct cross-comparable analysis and share best practice. We demonstrated how the tool can help authorities to rapidly explore their data and access reports built by Social Finance and others designed around surfacing key insights to inform and improve delivery.

New appointments

Social Finance was delighted at the recent appointment of Jo Casebourne (Director Institute for Government) as the new CEO of EIF as of August 2017. Jo will be taking over from current CEO Carey Oppenheim, who we congratulated for all the work he has done to establish the reputation of EIF.

Final thoughts

The Social Finance team was impressed by a great variety of attendees from education, social care, police, think tanks, providers and social enterprises. This demonstrated that early intervention and prevention is a growing theme across public services.

Overall, a great conference and truly the national flagship event for the whole early intervention community.

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