Research and analysis

Evaluation of intensive intervention projects

This research uses an individual longitudinal case study approach to provide in-depth insights into intensive intervention projects (IIPs).



As part of the previous government’s ‘Children’s plan’ and ‘Youth Taskforce action plan’, 20 intensive intervention projects (IIPs) were established, delivered by a range of public and third-sector organisations. The IIPs aimed to turn around the lives of up to 1,000 of the most challenging and problematic young people aged 8 to 19 each year by addressing a range of risk factors.

The Department for Education commissioned a qualitative and cost-benefit evaluation of IIPs to complement the evaluation of IIPs being conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). It looked at qualitative longitudinal tracking of 15 case-study young people and their families through IIP interventions and an economic cost-benefit analysis of 5 IIPs.

The aims of the research were to provide in-depth insights into how different IIPs were working, what IIPs added to existing provision and how IIPs were experienced by young people.

Published 26 May 2011