Strategic Collaboration with The Children’s Society

The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic collaboration with The Children’s Society to advance our understanding and share learning about child wellbeing, multiple disadvantage and service design and system change efforts.  The collaboration builds on a set of user consultation and wellbeing measurement projects involving both organisations over the past five years.


The aim of the collaboration is to:

  • Align and consolidate our extensive experience in measuring child wellbeing, making the most of the data we already have and coordinating our work in future;
  • Coordinate efforts and share learning about how to most effectively support young people who are facing multiple disadvantage;
  • Develop skills and share learning about service design and system change efforts as a means to improve child, young people, and family outcomes.

Our collaboration will be practically realised by:

  • Rolling up our sleeves and working together on service design and system reform projects, such as our work with Nottingham City Council on tackling multiple disadvantage amongst young people: Next Generation Nottingham;
  • Generating and publishing new insights on child well-being and its measurement; including exploring the relationship between subjective and objective well-being data on over 6,000 young people in South Devon and Torbay;
  • Developing learning on how multiple disadvantage is experienced by young people, with Dartington Service Design Lab becoming a core member of the Young People’s Multiple Disadvantage Learning Network, which is facilitated by The Children’s Society;
  • Bringing our teams together to share approaches and learning on service design efforts, via regular workshops and staff coaching and buddying arrangements.

The history of our connection

The research unit at Dartington and The Children’s Society have worked together many times in the past, albeit on an project-by-project basis. This has included insight generation with Lewisham and Greater Manchester local authorities to prepare a bold strategy to improve outcomes in the early years, as well as sharing data and insights from our past efforts to measure child well-being at the local and national level. We look forward to building on our strong relationship in a purposeful way.


About The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. The charity also campaigns for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Their new strategy focuses on breaking the cycles of multiple disadvantage facing young people, through bold innovation, collaboration with others, and embracing the transformative potential of service design, systems change, and social technology.


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