Publications and presentations
Works for Children? has produced a range of articles for peer
reviewed journals and articles. For copyright reasons these
are not available in full text on this site, but click here
for a bibliography.
Are you confident
about finding research evidence? Do you know where to look
and what to look for? Let our Evidence
take you through the process of using evidence in practice.
A new training
pack The Evidence Guide: Using Research and Evaluation
in Social Care and Allied Professions is now available
from Barnardo's. Order
form here. This new training resource, published
by Barnardo's, is designed to help social care staff to locate,
assess and apply research evidence in practice.
Works for Children? has produced summaries of research evidence
on some specific interventions - EvidenceNuggets.
The nuggets present the available evidence on specific interventions
covering mentoring, parenting, cognitive behavioural therapies,
breakfast clubs, home visiting and traffic calming.
inequalities in child health :
This overview describes some of the context and content to interventions
to reduce inequalities in child and adolescent health:
"We need to know where some of the big areas of inequality
in health lie, what is effective (and ineffective) in doing
something about them, and we need to make judgements about whether
we target our interventions or whether we may have more of an
effect through services provided to all. We also need to understand
that some of our activities, however well intentioned may do
harm, or may do good overall, but increase inequalities in health."
inequalities in child health
is riddled with unfamiliar terms and concepts. To help you
clarify their meanings and implications, here is a glossary
of frequently used terms. Click here
Practitioners' research priorities
for Children carried out a systematic review of what practitioners
say when they are asked about their priorities for research.
The review found eight studies which asked practitioners about
what they would like to see researched and we were able to
get the original responses for four of these, consisting of
over 1000 responses. Click here
to see all the research questions asked more than ten times.
For the studies we couldn't get original data for we have
put the results in a separate table which you can access here.
As part of
the review we carried out a survey on this website. For a
summary of the website survey results click here.
We also looked
at what research had been funded by five major UK social care
research funders, to see how well funded research fits with
practitioners' needs. You can access a presentation about
the full study here.
planning & review tool
your organisation embarking on a new project? What Works for
Children? has produced a Project
Planning & Review Tool
with a guide
to help you and your team think through the project planning
response to requests from practitioners for research evidence
in specific areas, What Works for Children? has produced research
briefings. These briefings draw on
overviews of research or are summaries of quick but systematic
searches for research on specific topics in education, offending
and social care.
confident do you feel about your organisation's capacity to
evaluate and act on research findings? What
Works for Children? has adapted a Self-Assessment
with the permission of its originator in the Canadian Health
Services Research Foundation, to help you audit organisational
capacity for putting research into practice.
have a digest of useful weblinks, organised by policy & practice