Pump Priming Funding Scheme: Policy Evaluations in the Early Years

The Maternal and Child Health Network (MatCHNet) aims to harness cross-country administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on maternal, infant and child health, and health inequalities across the 4 UK nations.

The MatCHNet pump priming scheme promotes and cements collaborations to undertake work that will help inform future MatCHNet grant applications. The aim is to support underpinning work that will enable future policy evaluations. A total of £60,000 is available and we envisage 3-4 projects, with a duration of 4-6 months FTE. Projects should last no more than 12 months.

We invite proposals that focus on the priority areas identified by our network members and partners. These are: welfare grants in pregnancy and early childhood, early years education and childcare, and Universal Credit. Proposals could take the form of feasibility projects, baseline analysis, or evaluability assessments that focus on data and methodology.

Funded projects

Project 1

Perinatal Mental Health: Mapping potential administrative data sources in England and Scotland to inform future population level policy evaluations

This project aims to map and evaluate the administrative data available for capturing indicators of adverse perinatal mental health (PMH) outcomes that can be harmonised in England and Scotland.

Research team:

Rosie Seaman (University of Glasgow); Ruth Blackburn (University College London); Dawn Cameron (University of the West of Scotland)

Read more about the project here.

Call for Applications

** Call 2 is coming soon** 

We are seeking applications that employ or seek to demonstrate how administrative, population-wide routinely collected data can be used to evaluate policies in the early years.

We specifically encourage collaborations across the network that foster connections between academics, policy makers, data experts, and service providers.

What activities will be funded?

Examples of projects might include (but are not limited to):
• Baseline analysis of key outcomes using administrative data across the 4 UK nations.
• Using data from multiple UK settings to assess comparability of data (to harmonise exposure/outcomes and to determine time frames).
• Evaluating whole country policies using administrative data (in at least 2 UK nations).
• Methods project demonstrating how to use routinely collected/administrative data.
• Evaluability assessments that focus on data and methodology for future policy evaluation.
• Logic modelling to identify pathways to impact.

What are the key criteria?

1. All applicants must be MatCHNet members (click here to join MatCHNet)
2. Proposed projects should span at least 2 UK nations
3. Proposal within MatCHNet’s remit – pregnancy, infancy, pre-school
4. Projects should include at least 2 partners
5. Projects should focus on routinely collected/administrative data
6. Projects should demonstrate a clear pathway to future funding applications

How can I apply?

**Call 2 will open soon**

Please check back regularly for updates.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project idea please get in touch with the MatCHNet team.