Maternal and Child Health Network (MatCHNet) Webinar Series: Policy Evaluations in the Early Years

MatCHNet hosts online lunchtime webinars that showcase existing evaluations of policy in the early years. This includes work in progress as well as completed projects from across the 4 UK nations. Presentations focus on evaluations of policies using routine and administrative data or secondary analysis of existing data. 

Recordings from Series 1 (Autumn/Winter 2021), Series 2 (Spring/Summer 2022), and Series 3 (Spring/Summer 2023) are available below.

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Series 3: Spring/Summer 2023

Webinar 7

Date: Wednesday 29th March at 12.30pm

Topic: Impact of the UK Healthy Start Voucher Scheme on maternal and infant health

Speaker: Ruth Dundas

Recording/slides coming soon.

Webinar 8

Date: Tuesday 25th April at 12.30pm

Topic: Challenges in evaluating health visiting for under 5s in England

Speakers: Jenny Woodman/Katie Harron

Presentation slides

Webinar 9

Date: Tuesday 23rd May at 12.30pm

Topic: Using the ECHILD database to explore variation in school-recorded SEN for children with major congenital anomalies

Speaker: Kate Lewis/Ruth Gilbert

Presentation slides

Series 2: Spring/Summer 2022

Webinar 4

Date: Thursday 28th April at 12.30pm

Topic: Exploring the impact of the Flying Start programme in Wales using linked administrative data

Speaker: Tony Whiffen

Webinar 5

Date: Tuesday 17th May at 12.30pm

Topic: Evaluations of the ban on smoking inside cars with children present

Speaker: Anthony Laverty


Webinar 6

Date: Thursday 16th June at 12.30pm

Topic: Using linked administrative data to evaluate Scotland’s Baby Box Scheme

Speaker: Ronan McCabe 

Series 1: Autumn/Winter 2021

Webinar 1

Date: Thursday, 4th November at 12.30pm 

Topic: The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy – evaluating its impact on teenage pregnancy rates

Speaker: Andy Baxter

Webinar 2

Date: Thursday, 9th December at 12.30pm

Topic: Childhood obesity and the impact of cuts to local government investment in Sure Start Children’s Centres

Speaker: Kate Mason

Webinar 3

Date: Thursday, 13th January at 12.30pm

Topic: Using linkage of administrative data to evaluate the Family Nurse Partnership in England

Speaker: Francesca Cavallaro

Methods workshops

MatCHNet runs online interactive workshops to showcase natural experiment methods that can be used to evaluate policies in the early years. Expert speakers lead the discussion of study design, methods, and limitations. Find out more on our Methods page.