Wrong measure of Sure Start
Sure Start may or may not have met its four clear measurable targets (or products) but the prime criterion for its evaluation should be whether or not it is enhancing the quality of life now for very young children and their parents.
If the processes involved in Sure Start are accomplishing this, then in my book the programme has to be judged a success. It requires no further justification in terms of meeting spurious, measurable targets.
Professor Colin Richards 1 Bobbin Mill Spark Bridge, Cumbria