Our own research and data:

We review our new projects and how we help parents and children to make sure we meet the needs of our families and volunteers.

We also use our data to inform current debates on family life – ranging from benefits changes and cuts in funding of local services to the changing face of volunteering and how to best support volunteers.

Your research:

We have a research governance committee which rigorously reviews all requests to contact our families, volunteers and staff. We remain committed to being transparent to both our families and our funders.  If you would like to propose a research project, please email [email protected] 


Download our research:

  • Babies in Lockdown - listening to parents to build back better, August 2020
    Together with Best Beginnings and the Parent-Infant Foundation, Home-Start UK carried out a survey of almost 5,500 parents into their experiences of being pregnant, giving birth and living with a baby at home during the COVID-19 lockdown period of March - June 2020. 
  • Home-Start support for families in the perinatal period and their contribution to PNIMH, April 2020
    In November 2019, as part of a UK wide development around Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health all local Home-Starts received a survey to gather information around current activities, areas of identified unmet needs and the support needs of the network to facilitate their work in this area. These are the results from Scotland. 
  • Volunteer-led family intervention: a UK national programme, October 2019
    This paper, by Philip Sugarman, Vice-Chair, Home-Start UK; formerly, Hon. Senior Lecturer, King’s College London, Vis. Professor, University of Northampton and Kamal Chudasama, Systems Developer & Database Administrator, Home-Start UK reports data collected prospectively, from 2010 to 2018 from 300 local Home-Start charities across the UK. The study shows a large improvement effect demonstrated in levels of coping across a range of family needs. 

  • The Nature of Home Visiting Support and Improvements in Emotional Well-being for Home-Start Parents, January 2019
    This briefing paper by Dr Nell Warner describes research carried out at Cardiff University using Home-Start’s administrative data (MESH). The research considered families in different circumstances and looked at how the emotional well-being of parents in those different circumstances improves during Home-Start home visiting support.
  • 2017 Impact Report, June 2017
    This impact report is based on data collected by local Home-Starts between April 1 2015 and March 31 2016. It shows the difference Home-Start support makes for families, children and the volunteers who give their time to support members of their community.
  • Adroddiad Effaith 2017, June 2017 
    Mae’r adroddiad effaith hwn yn seiliedig ar ddata a gasglwyd gan Home-Start yn lleol rhwng Ebrill1 2015 a Mawrth 21 2016. Mae’n dangos y gwahaniaeth y mae Home-Start yn ei wneud i deuluoedd, plant a’r gwirfoddolwyr sy’n rhoi eu hamser i gefnogi aelodau o’u cymuned.
  • Start Young Get Set For Life, January 2011
    Behaviour change and life chances in the context of healthy eating – theory, policy and good practice
  • Learning from families, October 2005
    Home-Start plays a pivotal role in preventing problems that socially excluded families face by helping parents cope, and reducing the impact of their difficulties.

  • Armbands in Deep Water, June 2005.
    A summary of research into Home-Start's home-visiting volunteers.