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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

Analysis of Scotland’s Child Protection Committees Structures and Functions

The report sets out the extent to which Child Protection Committees and Chief Officers’ Groups across Scotland’s 32 local authority areas are followin…

Parents In Partnership Programme evaluation 2017

An evaluation report of the CELCIS Parents In Partnership programme, a parental and carer involvement model implemented in three high schools in Renfr…

Towards the Right Care for Children

The first study of it's kind, Towards the Right Care for Children is the result of the European Commission project in partnership with the SOS Childre…

CELCIS evaluation

Notre Dame Kinship Family Support Service evaluation

Evaluation of the Notre Dame Centre designed a designated Kinship Family Project.

Parents In Partnership Programme evaluation 2017

An evaluation report of the CELCIS Parents In Partnership programme, a parental and carer involvement model implemented in three high schools in Renfr…

Changing mind-sets and pioneering social work in Tajikstan: Evaluation of setting up pilot fostering project

In this evaluation, we report on the initial set up of a pilot fostering project in Tajikistan.

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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