What Works for Children?
ESRC funded project as part of the Evidence-based policy and practice
£430,000 project was a collaboration between Barnardo's, City University
London and the University of York. Professor
Roberts at City University,
at the University of York, and
Di McNeish, Director of Research and Policy at Barnardo's were
the grant holders, managing the overall direction of the project.
What Works for Children? initiative works predominantly at the implementation
end of the evidence-based agenda. Our work and project outputs are
designed for those whose task it is to plan and deliver services.
- How to make research
available to those who provide or manage services.
- How to make the available
- How to get meaningful
research into practice.
are the focus for this initiative:
population group where there is already a strong central policy
‘push’ for the greater use of evidence and where there is good
research evidence that early intervention makes a difference.
the start, the project worked with 6 Children’s Fund programmes
in the Yorkshire area to look at levers and barriers to implementing
research evidence into service planning and practice. We subsequently
worked more intensively with two of these programmes. For more information
on the government’s Children's Fund initiative, please click
Our implementation officer,
Sarah Frost, is based in Leeds
and works with practitioners to identify their support needs and
on issues related to implementing research.
As part of this work, we developed
to assist practitioners and service planners. These are available
on this site.
order to supply Sarah with evidence on interventions that relate
to practitioners’ needs, the research team at City University conducted
searches and produced summaries of research. Some of these resources
can be found on this site.