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Methods and Plan of Action

This exploratory, descriptive, project will be a one-year, two phase, project beginning in February 2018 and completing in January 2019.


It aims to provide a robust descriptive account of the impact of austerity on informal and family learning opportunities of disadvantaged young children in two countries and how local community action has mitigated the impact to sustain such learning experiences. 

Building on, and extending, our strategic relationship with research, practice and community colleagues in target neighbourhoods in England and Portugal, the study will generate quantitative and qualitative data through a multi-case study approach.

Action and data collection will take place in two communities in Birmingham, England, and two in Oporto, Portugal, already identified as being the most deprived communities and requiring structural investment to improve human capital development.

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