On the 22 March 2012, the Department for Education invited tenders to run an early intervention foundation which would act as a central point to help local commissioners make decisions based on robust evidence of cost, benefits, risks and projected outcomes.
As a result of this procurement exercise and subsequent negotiations, we are pleased to announce that The Early Intervention Foundation Consortium, with 4Children as the lead organisation, has been selected as the preferred bidder.
We are currently in the final stage of negotiations with a view to reaching agreement shortly.
Once established, the aim of the foundation will be to provide advice and support to local commissioners on evidence, social finance and payment by results relating to early intervention to assist their own procurement and evaluation. It will also aim to build the evidence base on what works in early intervention in the UK.