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Durham University

Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre

Baby Box Service Evaluation

Tell us what you think!

We are inviting health practitioners (inc. support workers, charity workers or volunteers) and Local Authority employees and parents/carers who are familiar with a baby box programme in England to take part in an independent evaluation project. Before you decide whether you would like to participate it is important to understand why the evaluation is being done and what it will involve.

Who are we?

The Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC) (formerly Parent-Infant Sleep Lab) is an independent research lab in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University and is the home for a group of researchers examining various aspects of infant and child sleep and parenting behaviour. The evaluation project is being managed by Dr. Catherine Taylor ( 0191 334 0351), a member of the DISC team, under the supervision of Professor Helen Ball.

What are we doing?

Since 2016, baby box programmes have been increasingly adopted by NHS Trusts & Local Authorities. As this initiative had not been subject to evaluation prior to implementation, the purpose of this evaluation is to:

  • Document the development and activities of baby box programmes.
  • Assess the impact of the programmes on health professionals, services and service users.
  • Identify successes, challenges, opportunities and concerns associated with these programmes.

Has the research received NHS and ethical approval?

As this project is a service evaluation it does not require NHS REC review. As academics all projects we conduct are subject to Durham University Ethical and Data Protection Monitoring. Approval for this project was received on 03/07/18.

Who is funding the research?

Durham University.

What do I have to do?

There are two surveys to choose from, one is for health practitioners and Local Authority employees to complete (found here) and the other for parents or carers (found here). The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete and your answers will not be stored until you agree to submit these at the end of the survey. All survey responses are anonymous and we will not ask you to provide any identifiable, personal information (such your name or contact details).

What will we ask you about?

We are interested in:

  • Who provides the baby box programmes in England.
  • The process of how people receive baby boxes.
  • The construction and contents of baby boxes.
  • The educational information provided alongside baby boxes.
  • The involvement of commercial companies in baby box programmes.
  • Parent/carers experiences of using baby boxes.

Will you get anything for helping?

You will not directly benefit from participating in this evaluation. The overall results of the evaluation will be shared with other health care professionals and may improve the services and care that is provided in the future.

How will we record what you say?

All survey responses are stored securely within the Online Surveys secure website and will not be downloaded to devices outside of Durham University’s IT network or placed on removable storage devices. No one other than the DISC research team will have access to the collected data.

Will anyone find out what you have said?

No. We will not ask you to provide any personal data when you complete the survey.

What will happen to the information we collect from you?

Your views and experiences will be combined with other information we have collected to produce reports and conference presentations. Academic disseminations will be posted on the DISC webpages. Data will be stored securely for these purposes for up to two years.

Durham University is responsible for providing information about how personal data is used. For its general policy, see:

What happens if I change my mind?

Taking part in this evaluation is entirely your choice and voluntary. You may choose not to take part or you can change your mind at any time during the survey prior to submitting your answers.

How do I take part or ask more questions?

Dr. Catherine Taylor ( 0191 334 0351) answer any questions you may have. Links to both the surveys can be found here.