Ivana La Valle

Associate - Ivana has over 20 years experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative research and evidence reviews to inform and evaluate children and families policy and practice.

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Ivana has conducted key studies that have shaped recent family support policies, including national evaluations of: Children’s Centres; Family Intervention Projects; and the free early education entitlement. Ivana also has substantial experience of researching children’s social care. She has directed a study on the role of Independent Reviewing Officers in care planning in addition to international reviews on the effectiveness of children’s residential care and on dealing with child sexual exploitation.

Her current work includes: an evaluation of the early rollout of the 30 hours of free childcare; a project to develop a robust framework for assessing outcomes from children’s social care; and an evaluation of ‘No Wrong Door’, a DfE Children’s Social Care Innovation project.

Ivana’s previous roles include: Director of Research at the National Children’s Bureau and Head of the Families Research Programme at the National Centre for Social Research.

Ivana is a Social Research Association trustee. She enjoys yoga and travelling.


Selected publications

Paull, G., & La Valle, I. (2017) Evaluation of Early Implementation of 30 Hours Free Childcare. London: Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-early-implementation-evaluation

La Valle, I., Holmes, L., Gill, C., Brown, R., Hart, D. & Barnard, M. (2016) Improving Children’s Social Care Services. Results of a feasibility study. London: CAMHS Press. http://www.corc.uk.net/improving-childrens-social-care-services

Hart, D. & La Valle, I. (2015) The place of residential care in the English child welfare system. London: Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/residential-care-in-the-english-child-welfare-system

La Valle, I., Payne, L. & Lloyd, E. (2014) Review of policies and interventions for low-income families with young children. London: The Office of the Children’s Commissioner. http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_884