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Big Lottery Fund

For Big Lottery Fund, NPC produced an overview of the policy landscape on prevention and early intervention in the UK, to help identify opportunities where they could make a difference.


Supporting early intervention and prevention could prevent bigger problems later across a range of policy issues. But there is little clarity or consensus about how to fund prevention: about what works, where cashable savings exist and how interventions should be targeted.

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) wanted to find out more about early intervention and prevention in the UK, and to identify opportunities where it could make a difference. BIG commissioned NPC to research the UK policy landscape to inform its strategy.


NPC carried out scoping research into prevention and early intervention in the UK, with four main aims: to provide a clear overview of the debate; identify key policies, approaches and evidence around prevention; analyse 5 policy areas in detail to identify current activity and potential opportunities; and identify gaps where BIG could make a difference.

We conducted research for the report between April and June 2012, in four stages. We began with a literature review and interviews to understand the landscape around early intervention, followed by consultation with BIG to develop a bespoke framework for identifying opportunities. We carried out detailed desk research and interviews in five policy areas—early years, children in care, healthy lifestyles, mental health and employment, and older people—and conducted further analysis to develop recommendations. In total, we conducted 30 interviews with BIG policy staff and external experts.


We published the results of our research in July 2012, in Prevention and early intervention: Scoping study for the Big Lottery Fund, detailing our findings and providing a high-level overview of the policy landscape to inform BIG’s next steps.

We recommended the need for further research and analysis, both of  specific policy issues to develop programmes, and to deepen understanding of broader questions around prevention.

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