Notes to editors
1. Finding Out What Works by Anna Coote, Jessica Allen and David Woodhead is published by the King's Fund costing £15. Please call 020 7307 2591 to order a copy or download it from our online bookshop.
2. The King's Fund is holding a seminar, Finding Out What Works: Building knowledge about complex community-based initiatives, on Monday 22 November 2004, 5-8pm at the King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN. Please call Beverley Cohen on 020 7307 2632 if you would like to attend.
3. Since 1997, the Government has invested heavily in a range of ambitious programmes, ranging from Health Action Zones to the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, which are designed to be implemented with local communities. SureStart aims to improve the health and well-being of very young children and their families, and the New Deal for Communities seeks to end social exclusion by improving health, education, employment, housing and community safety in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
4. This report is the result of three years' research including interviews with the government staff who are commissioning programmes, the practitioners implementing them and the academics evaluating them, as well as recent UK and US case studies.
5. Finding Out What Works is part of the King's Fund's Putting Health First programme, which seeks to develop an effective health system giving priority to preventing illness and reducing health inequalities, not just to providing health services.
6. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.