About Us

Investing in Children is a product of Dartington Social Research Unit, an independent charity that seeks to increase the use of evidence of what works in designing and delivering services for children and their families. We are also a strong advocate of prevention and early intervention.

We have over 50 years’ experience of researching what works in improving children’s outcomes across the education, health, social care and criminal justice systems.

We work to disseminate research on what works to people working at the frontline of services, by bridging the gap between social science evidence and everyday service delivery. We have significant expertise in the design, delivery and implementation of evidence-based programmes and interventions.

Much of our work is also focused on supporting decision-makers and practitioners to develop and use evidence of what works in decisions that get made about how children’s services are designed, commissioned and delivered. We work with local authorities, trusts and foundations, and children's services providers across the UK and internationally.