We are dedicated to making positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people living in and on the edges of care.
We're all working in challenging times, but rich with opportunity to improve children's services in Scotland. The children's sector is much clearer about what changes are needed to make a difference to children and young people's well-being, and more ready and committed to deliver on these changes.
But knowing what works is different from being able to apply this and make the changes necessary to improve outcomes for children and families. This deficit of what is known and what is done is called the 'implementation gap'. We aim to reduce this gap by taking an innovative, evidenced-based implementation approach.
The best available evidence tells us the most common approaches used to implement change are insufficient. Used alone, approaches like:
have not been shown to produce the expected return on investment related to the types of health, education, and social care outcomes of most concern.
An expanding collection of evidence and lessons learned from implementing change means we know what combinations of approaches are needed to make meaningful change happen. To do this, it is important to decide:
We promote the best use of available evidence about what works well for vulnerable children and their families as well as what works well in relation to systems change. Here are a set of effective practices we apply in an integrated way to guide our change efforts:
These practices create an enabling environment for everyone working to address and prevent social problems and improve the outcomes of children and young people.
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