Evaluation of Midlothian Sure Start and their Provision for Fathers

Funded by Midlothian Sure Start.

Midlothian Sure Start (MSS) are a voluntary organisation with charitable status. They aim to give young children (from pre-birth to 11 years) the best possible start. On an out-reach basis, they provide a range of services through six centres. They deliver a client-led service as a team at grass-routes level. In particular, Midlothian Sure Start have a provision for fathers. They offer a varied programme of activities, aiming to support the men to move toward taking positive action in their lives. This project will adopt a mixed-methods approach to provide an overall evaluation of the impact of Midlothian Sure Start and in particular the organisations provision for fathers. Methods: To evaluate the impact of MSS

  • Interview five members of staff
  • 3 focus groups with parents attending MSS
  • Questionnaires with 30+ parents attending MSS Evaluation of impact of Dad’s project:
  • Interview 2 staff
  • 2 focus groups
  • Questionnaires with all fathers (10+)

Total award value £8,333.00


Dr Hannah Hale
Dr Hannah Hale

Research Fellow, Social Work

Professor Jane Callaghan
Professor Jane Callaghan

Director Child Wellbeing & Protection, Social Work