Aldaba News & Blog

EU Society for Prevention Research

Dr Miguel Garcia-Sanchez, Director of Aldaba, will be presenting a paper at a conference in Vienna on 21 September. He will share results from a before-and-after evaluation of outcomes achieved by family services for children aged 13 to 17. Read the conference programme

Measuring health vulnerabilities

Our report for the Children’s Commissioner looks into 200 estimates relevant to physical and mental health. The focus is on England in the most recent year available in the information sources. Read more

What prevention takes

I think people do not stop to do the maths when they say prevention is cheap. It does hit taxpayers quite hard.

The train of taxpayer funded care carries over one million children. Imagine it only stops once a year. In 2016, over 600,000 new passengers jumped on it. Many others stayed on from previous stops. Read more

Oh my cost!

In this blog, I explain why planning public services is difficult, and argue that spending information is more accurate than many think. Read more

Show me the money

In partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit, we have published full unit cost estimates of Realising Ambition, a programme that supports vulnerable young people. Read more

Lessons learned on prevention

Over the last two years my team has looked into more than 30 preventative services for children, young people, and adults in the UK. Here are five lessons we have learned. Read more

EU Society for Prevention Research

Dr Miguel Garcia-Sanchez, Director of Aldaba, will be presenting a paper at a conference in Berlin on 1 November. He will share lessons learned from evaluations of preventative interventions in the UK. Conference programme

Spend now, or regret later

Many people see prevention as the solution in children’s services because it is cheap in the short term and can save money in the future, but they might be wrong.

If a child receives targeted and expensive support early, the cost may end up being 40 per cent cheaper in the long term. Read more

Children’s services

Our new report on spending and delivery by children’s services is out. It includes estimates of spending per head, and examples of how local councils adapted to changes over the last Parliament. Read our report Read more

What is the cost?

Central government, local authorities, and other public sector organisations need to know their unit costs.

In partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit, we are developing a software tool to estimate the unit costs of core services, programmes and projects in line with the Green Book. Read more