Bringing Everything I am into One Place

Everything I am into One Place is a book that focuses on the findings of an inquiry into how we can all better support young people facing severe and multiple disadvantage.




Ace: Alternative to Care Evaluation

The Dartington Social Research Unit is evaluating the Safe Families for Children intervention to find out its impact on parental anxiety, children’s behavioural and emotional difficulties, as well as parental interpersonal support. This will help us better understand the effects of an alternative to care intervention. It will provide important evidence to Safe Families for Children, researchers, practitioners, funders and policy makers about what works to improve outcomes for families who are on the edge of care.

Over 360 families from 5 areas (East Midlands; Greater Manchester; Merseyside; North East; and West Midlands and The Black Country) will be involved in the evaluation, called the ACE project, between May 2015 and May 2016.



Programme Insights: Exploring the secret life of innovation

Realising Ambition has launched the first of its Programme Insights, a series of 12 briefings sharing key learning from the programme.

Realising Ambition is a £25m Big Lottery Fund programme supporting a number of organisations to replicate 25 services aimed at preventing youth offending. The programme is managed by a consortium led by Catch22 in partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit, Substance and The Young Foundation.

This first issue, entitled The Secret Life of Innovation: Replication, explores the topic of replication, the links between replication and innovation, the reasons for replicating in children’s services and the stages involved.

By sharing ideas, successes and challenges, we hope to support and inspire others considering, undertaking or commissioning their own replication journey. Future issues include the role of evidence, the in’s and out’s of replicating services and how to commission a replication programme.

Read the first issue of Realising Ambition’s Programme Insights.

See the Realising Ambition project page which includes links to publications, webinars and more..

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