This report presents the findings from Transforming Early Years, a project which showed how Radical Efficiency can work in practice.
- Radical Efficiency involves redesigning public services to make them more efficient. Service providers need to explore the challenge their new service is trying to tackle before they define possible solutions.
- Staff and members of the community benefit from participating in decision making.
- Parents who volunteered in the Transforming Early Years project by becoming peer supporters benefited as much as those they were supporting.
- Cost savings will accrue if new services reduce the number of paid staff and increase the number of volunteers, while improving outcomes for children.
- Service providers need support to consider ways to reduce costs, and need to develop plans for decommissioning old, failing services.
Radical Efficiency holds out the promise of different and better public services, provided at a lower cost.
Transforming Early Years, which was a practical demonstration of the principles of Radical Efficiency, set out to deliver on this promise. Over a period of 18 months, teams of early years service providers worked intensively to redesign aspects of their early years offer, at the same time as reducing costs, with an ambitious target of 30% savings in their first year of operation.
This short report summarises the findings of the Transforming Early Years project which ran from January 2010 to July 2011.
Caireen Goddard and Julie Temperley