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.
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