In 2011, the Munro review of child protection concluded that the regulatory framework and local structures focused too much on risk avoidance and compliance for there to be effective practice. Munro proposed that there should be more of a focus on national and international evidence to drive practice improvements. In response to McKinsey’s work on features of promising practice systems, the Department for Education’s (DfE) Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme was set up in 2014 to kick start new approaches to deliver significant and sustained improvement. Wave 1 of the programme, saw £110 million invested in 57 projects. This report provides the overview of the evaluation of the Programme which was undertaken by the Evaluation Coordination Team from the Rees Centre, University of Oxford.