Research Hub

The SCiP Alliance Research Hub leads our research strategy and activity. It's purpose is to:

Lead the prioritisation, design and delivery of research to improve knowledge, understanding, tracking and evidence that will support the development of effective policy and practice

Dr Adrian Barton is the Chair of the SCiP Alliance research group. Adrian has worked in academia since 1994. He started his career as a research assistant working on a variety of projects and for a range of organisations. He has subsequently conducted evaluations for the Home Office, The Ministry of Justice and the NHS as well as for a range of NGIOs and Third sector organisations. He is currently working for The NHS Leadership Academy looking at how to embed evaluations within their work. Adrian's personal research interests are substance use policy and practice and child safeguarding. He has published a number of books and articles in these fields.

Dr Judith McCullouch, who led the research that forms the foundation and starting point for the Alliance, is the principal investigator and the group is supported by the Alliance's Research Development Officer, Michael Hall.

The hub brings together researchers from across the UK and beyond to share research and data, identify key research questions and collaborate on answering them.

If you would like to become a research ally, click 'Join the Alliance' on our Get Involved page and we will connect you with like-minded people.

Current priorities

This year we have been working on establishing the group and have also been continuing our analysis of Ministry of Defence data and are developing a research pilot designed to identify effective, scalable and sustainable approaches to improving progression.

Further details of the current research phase

The research group has published its research plan outlining a graduated approach to creating a robust and credible knowledge base and ensuring that policy and practice recommendations are underpinned with evidence by:

  • Understanding the experiences and outcomes of Service children fully and the reasons for them;
  • Identifying the most effective approaches to improve outcomes;
  • Translating this knowledge into sustainable activity everywhere where it is needed.

For further information please contact the SCiP Alliance Research Development Officer, Michael Hall,

The SCiP Alliance Research plan

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