The Social Research Unit’s Investing in Children website was launched on 18th September 2013 at an event at the House of Commons co-sponsored by the Early Intervention Foundation and attended by senior policy makers, service commissioners and funders.
Investing in Children provides free and independent advice on competing investment options in children’s services. Users can search over 100 interventions to find those that match their criteria and then compare the costs and cost-benefit of different interventions. The interventions listed focus on the health, educational attainment, emotional well-being, behaviour and relationships of children aged 0-22 years.
The website can be found at www.investinginchildren.eu
Social Research Unit supporting local areas to develop strategies for the Big Lottery Fund’s A Better Start programme
The Social Research Unit has been appointed by the Big Lottery Fund to support 15 shortlisted areas in developing evidence-based prevention strategies for their A Better Start programme: a £165m initiative that aims to improve the life chances of babies and children by achieving a step change in preventative approaches in pregnancy and the first three years of life, based on robust evidence of what works. We will also be helping 3-5 selected areas get ready to implement their strategies in 2014.
We will be using our methodology Better Evidence for a Better Start to support the areas involved in the programme. This methodology is based on Evidence2Success, which we developed in partnership with the Annie E Casey Foundation and the Social Development and Research Group.
This primer focuses on designing an intervention and planning for its implementation, both of which are crucial to maximising the potential impact of an intervention on children’s well-being.
It has been produced as part of Realising Ambition, a £25m Big Lottery Fund project intended to take a preventative approach to youth offending by improving outcomes for children and young people aged 8-14.
It is written for people working in children’s services agencies who want to strengthen the impact of what they do to improve children’s lives. It builds on our ‘what works’ standards of evidence, showing how they can be used to guide the development of promising interventions. More »
Bringing everything I am into one place: An inquiry into young people facing severe and multiple disadvantage
The Social Research Unit’s collaboration with the LankellyChase Foundation has resulted in a new kind of publication. Our work has been to bring together, in different ways, over 100 people with expertise on severe and multiple disadvantage faced by young people, including young people themselves.
You can download the report for free, here. More »
We work with
Supporting trusts and foundations to develop, refine and evaluate grant-making strategies designed to improve children’s outcomes. More »
Supporting local authorities alongside other statutory and voluntary agencies to develop and deliver evidence-based strategies for children’s services. More »
Supporting charities and other children’s service providers to refine and evaluate their work – and move from innovation to proven impact . More »
Supporting evidence-based practice at the frontline through a range of practice tools. More »
The Social Research Unit’s one-stop-shop for children’s service commissioners, bringing together information about what works and cost-benefit analysis. More »
A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal edited by the Social Research Unit on what works in children’s services. More »
A news site run by the Social Research Unit that reports on science, innovation, and evidence-based interventions to improve children’s health and development. More »
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