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Evaluating research into children’s social care

12 June 2019

Young boy holding hands with an adult

Cardiff University’s Children’s Social Care Research Development Centre (CASCADE) – based in the School of Social Sciences – has been appointed to the Panel of Evaluators for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.

The Panel of 16 organisations will be central to shaping the What Works Centre’s approach to evaluation and the production of high-quality evidence on what works in children’s social care.

Other panel members include the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Ipsos MORI, and the University of Sussex.

Panel members will be invited to apply to conduct independent evaluations of promising projects funded by the What Works Centre, or which have been identified in partnership with other organisations.

The What Works Centre have also announced appointments to their Evaluation Advisory Group. This group of individuals will offer independent expert advice and reflections on the Centre’s current and prospective evaluations, methodologies and procedures.

Cardiff University was named by the Department for Education as the research partner for the What Works Centre in November. The £7.2m initiative will help to improve the lives of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.