How we evaluate our services

peopleWe're carrying out over 25 separate evaluations to find out whether the services we run make a difference to children and families.

Some of these evaluations are large and complex, involving randomised controlled trials. Others are smaller, using qualitative research.

We choose the best approach for the question we're trying to answer – whether we're learning about something very innovative or something that's well developed. 

Evaluating our services for children and families

Take a look at our service evaluations to see what we've learnt so far and what we're doing next.

Letting the Future In

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Turn the Page

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Protect and Respect

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Assessing the Risk, Protecting the Child

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Women as Protectors

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Evidence Based Decisions

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Graded Care Profile

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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SafeCare®

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Improving parenting, improving practice

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Baby Steps

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service.

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Coping with Crying

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

 

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Minding the Baby

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Our other services for Children in Care

Face to Face

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Taking Care

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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New Orleans Intervention Model

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Caring Dads: Safer Children

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Family SMILES

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP)

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Parents Under Pressure™

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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Family Group Conferencing

Evidence, impact and evaluation of our service

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What is a randomised control trial? 

Randomised controlled trials or RCTs are used to find out if an intervention or service is having an impact. They compare the outcomes for 2 groups: one group that gets the intervention and one that doesn't.

Which group someone ends up in depends on chance – it's purely random – so there shouldn't be any major differences between the two.

We're carrying out 4 RCTs across our services:

What is qualitative research?

Qualitative research is a way of finding out more in-depth information about people's views and experiences.

Instead of trying to get large samples and collect data that can be turned into numbers, qualitative researchers deliberately choose a small number of people who have had different experiences.

For example, they might choose some people that the service worked well for, and others who found it didn't. The researcher will either interview people on their own or in focus groups.

We use qualitative research in our work to help us understand what makes our services for children and families effective.

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Impact and Evidence Hub

We’re sharing what we've learnt from research and service evaluations as well as learning from others who are doing similar things.

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Tools for measuring outcomes

We want to share our experiences of using standardised measures in our evaluations so that we can help others who are looking at evaluation methods.

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Research with children: ethics, safety and avoiding harm

What to consider when conducting research involving children, including research methods and key principles. 
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