Ace: Alternative to Care Evaluation

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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. More »


The Minding the Gap Project is a collaboration between the London Borough of Camden and the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It is an innovative project which aims to improve outcomes for young people aged 16-24. More »



Supporting innovative local authorities in Scotland to use the best evidence on local need to inform strategic investments in children’s services. More »

A Better Start

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We are helping to deliver the Big Lottery Fund’s A Better Start programme, a strategic investment of £165m in pregnancy to age 3 services in England. More »

Investing in Children

Our one-stop-shop for children’s service commissioners, bringing together information about what works and cost-benefit analysis. More »

Realising Ambition

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Working with charities in the BIG Realising Ambition portfolio to move their work towards proven impact. More »

Family Nurse Partnership

Family Nurse Partnership

We are part of the consortium delivering Family Nurse Partnership, an evidence-based programme for vulnerable young mothers and their babies. More »

Redirect and reinvest: redesigning systems for children in care

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Working with local authorities to reduce numbers of children in care whilst improving their outcomes through evidence-based therapeutic services. More »

‘What works’ evidence standards


Developing ‘what works’ evidence standards for the Greater London Authority’s Project Oracle and Graham Allen MP’s independent review of Early Intervention. More »


Supporting local government to develop evidence-based strategies for improving children’s outcomes. More »

Blueprints for Success

Blueprints for success

A ‘what works’ database for education, health, youth justice and social care services for children. More »

Communities that Care for Europe

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Supporting the implementation of Communities that Care in Europe. More »

Everything I am Into One Place


Supporting the LankellyChase Foundation to reduce deep disadvantage among young people. More »

KiVa bullying prevention in Wales

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Implementing and evaluating the KiVa bullying prevention programme for primary schools in Wales. More »

Prevention Action

The Social Research Unit’s news site on prevention research for practitioners, commissioners, policymakers and researchers. More »

Action for Children Family Partners

Supporting Action for Children to develop, refine and evaluate the impact of the Family Partners programme. More »

Journal of Children’s Services

Journal of Children's Services

A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal edited by the Social Research Unit on what works in children’s services. More »

Selected former projects

Scaling impact with the Gates Foundation


Convening experts together on how to scale what works in combating infant mortality and improving maternal health in the developing world. More »

Step-change in Renfrewshire

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Working with the local authority in Renfrewshire to focus children’s services towards prevention and early intervention. More »

Effective practice online seminar series


Delivering an online seminar series to help promote the use of evidence and evaluation in youth justice. More »

Birmingham’s Brighter Futures

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Work with Birmingham to develop their Brighter Futures children’s commissioning strategy. More »

Early intervention in Ireland

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Supporting the foundation Atlantic Philanthropies to structure its $200m investment in Northern Ireland and Ireland. More »