• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 08th October, 2013
Intervention SpecificityStandards of Evidence

Why innovation and evidence-based programmes are perfect bedfellows

One of the strongest pushbacks against evidence-based programmes like those listed on Investing in Children comes from people who are concerned that a focus on proven interventions will suck up all the oxygen and suffocate innovations.Large international franchises like Incredible Years, Triple P and PATHS will dominate the field and exciting, small-scale, local innovations developed in real-world…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 27th September, 2013
Evaluation EvidenceIntervention SpecificityStandards of Evidence

Logic model lessons from the kitchen

In his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan explores why we do what we do when we cook. He looks at what he calls the ‘transformative fundamentals’: cooking with fire, cooking with water, cooking with air and cooking with earth. But he doesn't just learn about why these techniques work. He finds that developing a better understanding of the science behin…

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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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