Using evidence to improve young lives

Publications

The Science Within: what matters for children’s outcomes in the early years

Here we pull together the evidence from various fields to illustrate how adversity in a child’s home and wider environment translate into poorer outcomes in the areas of nutrition, language and social and emotional development. In doing so, this so-called ‘science within’ framework provides pointers to diverse activities that could promote positive outcomes for children from conception to 3 years.

The Social Research Unit at Dartington| August 2013|

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 is resulting 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. The common themes, and ideas about what we should talk about next, are set out in the report Bringing Everything I am Into One Place.

The Social Research Unit at Dartington & LankellyChase Foundation| September 2013|

Realising Ambition: Lessons on replication and evidence-based interventions – one year in

This report provides an overview of the Realising Ambition programme, a £25m investment by the Big Lottery Fund that the Social Research Unit is supporting. It contains a series of lessons on challenges in replication of evidence-based interventions, one year into this five year programme.

The Social Research Unit at Dartington| July 2013|

Design and Refine: developing effective interventions for children and young people

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.

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The Social Research Unit at Dartington| July 2013| Free download

Investing in Children Technical Report

This technical report sets out the background and methodology to our Investing in Children series of cost-benefit reports and Investing in Children website (www.investinginchildren.eu).

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Triin Edovald and Gretchen Bjornstad| September 2013| Free download

Investing in Children: Youth Justice

This report sets out Investing in Children cost-benefit analysis for preventative youth justice programmes and policies.
For the most up-to-date analysis, please visit the Social Research Unit at Dartington’s Investing in Children website (http://www.investinginchildren.eu/)

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Triin Edovald| November 2012| Free download

Investing in Children: Early Years and Education

This report sets out Investing in Children cost-benefit analysis for early years and education programmes and policies.
For the most up-to-date analysis, please visit the Social Research Unit at Dartington’s Investing in Children website (http://www.investinginchildren.eu/)

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Triin Edovald| November 2012| Free download

Investing in Children: Child Protection and Social Care

This report sets out Investing in Children cost-benefit analysis for preventative child protection policies.
For the most up-to-date analysis, please visit the Social Research Unit at Dartington’s Investing in Children website (http://www.investinginchildren.eu/)

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Triin Edovald| November 2012| Free download

Investing in Children: Overview

This summary overview sets out the methodology used in the Investing in Children series of cost-benefit reports, and provides a glossary of terms used in the reports.

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Triin Edovald and Gretchen Bjornstad| November 2012| Free download

Prevention in Children’s Services

This ‘how-to’ guide to evidence-based prevention in children’s services sets out what commissioners need in order to be able to commission evidence-based preventative services for children, and considers issues like how to replicate and scale what works in one areas and how to fund prevention services in a time of austerity.

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Michael Little and Sonia Sodha| October 2012| Free download