• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 22nd May, 2014
Cost Benefit

Disciplined innovation

Evidence-based programmes (EBPs) come in for a fair amount of criticism – some justified, some plain ill-informed. One of the more common criticisms is that greater investment in EBPs results in less interest in and opportunity for innovation. Unhelpfully, these two approaches are often presented as an either/or option: if you are for EBPs you must be against innovation, and vice versa.Any portf…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 14th November, 2013
Cost BenefitEuropeInterventionsStandards of Evidence

Prevention in Paris

This week sees Paris host the 4th Annual Conference of the European Society for Prevention Research. As an islander Brit, your centre of gravity changes when you hop across the Channel. The railway station departures board shows trains heading to cities in countries as diverse as Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland. It’s a useful reminder that there is life beyond the…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 17th September, 2013
Cost BenefitStandards of Evidence

Realising our shared ambition

This week, as part of our commitment to provide independent investment advice to children’s services, we launch the website Investing in Children.It applies the Social Research Unit's widely acclaimed and increasingly applied Standards of Evidence. Using a US model, translated for use here in the UK, it calculates the costs and benefits of competing investment options, and gives a &lsquo…

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