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Evidence guide
Practitioners' research priorities
Project planning & review tool
Publications and presentations
Research briefings
Self-assessment tool
Useful weblinks

:: Publications and presentations
What 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.

:: Evidence guide

Are you confident about finding research evidence? Do you know where to look and what to look for? Let our Evidence Guide 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.

:: EvidenceNuggets
What 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.

:: Overviews
Reducing 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."

Reducing inequalities in child health

:: Glossary

Much research 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 to browse.

:: Practitioners' research priorities

What Works 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.

:: Project planning & review tool
Is 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 process.

:: Research briefings
In 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.

:: Self-assessment tool
How 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 Tool with the permission of its originator in the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, to help you audit organisational capacity for putting research into practice.

:: useful weblinks

We have a digest of useful weblinks, organised by policy & practice area.

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