Method: This research sought to identify key prevention and early intervention programmes for children and families that have been tested in randomised controlled trials or quasi-experimental design studies in Europe. It involved searching the literature and selected international and national intervention databases.
Programmes were reviewed against standards of evidence to determine the quality of the interventions, the strength of the evaluations and the consistency and strength of impact in Europe. Preliminary scrutiny of system (or dissemination) readiness was undertaken. The extent to which intervention were tested and found effective in two ore more European countries was also examined.
Results: The results provide a decretive analysis of the interventions identified, including the outcomes they focus on, the risk and protective factors they target, the age group the address and the level of intervention. Programmes are categorised according to the strength of evidence for their impact in a European context.
Implications: The research has important implication for the transportability of programmes across contexts and for the development and evaluation of interventions in Europe.