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