Evaluation of the Early Language Development Programme

Thursday 12 March 2015


The Early Language Development Programme (ELDP), commissioned and funded by the Department for Education (DfE), and delivered by a consortium led by I CAN, aimed to increase practitioner capability by adopting a cascade approach to training and awareness-raising. The programme built on learning from previous early years speech, language and communication development programmes, including Every Child a Talker (ECaT) and Early Talk 0-3.

This evaluation of the ELDP captures the impacts arising from the programme; learning regarding the processes involved in delivering and cascading the programme; and the economic costs of delivering it. Qualitative and quantitative methods were employed, including surveys, interviews, observations, cost data analysis and the development of case studies.