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Research

We are rooted in research. We believe the greatest improvement in the lives of looked after children comes when a systematic approach is taken, one which bridges the gap between knowledge about what works well for children and their families, and the way services, policy and systems are delivered in the real world.

By bridging that gap, and by developing and sharing our collective knowledge and understanding, services and policies can be designed which match the needs of looked after children far more effectively. These new ways of working will make long-term, tangible improvements in children's life experiences and outcomes.

What we do

We work in tandem with partners and our research contributes significantly to an expanding evidence base which is easily accessed by everyone. We play a leading role in the collation and dissemination of existing and new research for the sector in Scotland, and across the UK, with our own research findings being regularly added to the mix.

How we can help

In practical terms, our research team can provide specialist support and guidance on a one-off or ongoing basis. We offer qualitative and quantitative research expertise using a range of approaches using data gathered from interviews, surveys, online tools, focus groups and other methods.

A further string to our research bow is evaluation - evaluation of our own work as well as evaluating work being delivered by others in the sector. By applying robust and sensitive evaluative processes, we’re able to accurately assess the effectiveness and impact being made by individual projects, services and whole systems.

Looking for support?

Our research team can tell you all about our research and evaluation services and how we can help in your workplace. 

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CELCIS research

‘Being a student with care experience is very daunting’ Findings from a survey of care experienced students in Scottish colleges and universities

The first Scotland-wide survey of care experienced students in Scotland’s colleges and universities, on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council.

Supporting Families

A review of the implementation of Part 12: Children at risk of becoming looked after as set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

An Independent Evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life

Report from the CELCIS evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life, a mentoring programme for care experienced young people.

CELCIS evaluation

An Independent Evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life

Report from the CELCIS evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life, a mentoring programme for care experienced young people.

Just out having a good time?

Evaluation of the pilot National Partnership Agreement for Looked After Children who go missing from Residential and Foster Care in Scotland

Initial evaluation of the ‘Why Not?’ initiative developed by Care Visions

This short document provides a summary of initial learning from data gathered for an evaluation of the Why Not? initiative. The study was commissioned…

Blog

I used to, but ...

Research into how music could and should help shape the experiences of children and young people in residential care settings.

Young people's research at Barnardo's

Guest blogger Fiona Bennett of Barnardo's Scotland describes the Family Firm Action Research project.
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