Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Our Research

Our mission is to improve the lives of children, families and communities. To achieve this, we have six core programmes of research organised within three strands that represent key sites for innovation.

CORE RESEARCH STRANDS

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Strand Lead: Professor Fiona Alderdice

WHAT WORKS FOR FAMILIES

We are working with a range of health, social and educational partners to support parents and families in providing the best start for children and young people, from pre-birth through to young adulthood.

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Strand Lead: Professor Allen Thurston

WHAT WORKS FOR SCHOOLS

We are working with schools and a wide range of educational organisations to develop effective programmes that improve educational outcomes and reduce achievement gaps. Our research in schools is organised within three core programmes highlighted below.

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Strand Lead: Dr Kathryn Higgins

WHAT WORKS FOR COMMUNITIES

Through our partnerships with a wide and diverse range of social, educational and health providers, we are working to develop innovative and effective programmes to reduce inequalities and disadvantage and improve the wellbeing of all communities.

Programmes of Research

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WHAT WORKS FOR FAMILIES

PARENTING

More about this programme of research

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WHAT WORKS FOR FAMILIES

CHILDREN IN CARE AND CHILD PROTECTION

More about this programme of research

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WHAT WORKS FOR SCHOOLS

Educational Attainment

More about this programme of research

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WHAT WORKS FOR SCHOOLS

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

More about this programme of research

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WHAT WORKS FOR COMMUNITIES

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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WHAT WORKS FOR COMMUNITIES

CHRONIC ILLNESS AND PALLIATIVE CARE

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