SCiP Alliance Research

The SCiP Alliance is at the vanguard of high quality research and its translation to better policy and practice committed to supporting children and young people in Armed Forces families to thrive in education. We need to know better before we can do better.

We have:

  • Published research that established the low participation rate for Service children, drew attention to the need for systematic monitoring of progress, and provided the foundation for the SCiP Alliance;
  • Undertaken the first ever analysis of Ministry of Defence data to build a clearer picture of the educational journeys of and landscape for Service children;
  • Undertaken analysis of Department for Education data and developed it into a briefing and an online map of the distribution of Service children across England.
  • Established a PhD Studentship, funded by the University of Winchester, which will scale up our research capacity and deepen our exploration;
  • Convened international research symposiums, drawing together diverse research exploring the needs and perspectives of Service children and families;
  • Commissioned stakeholder research to inform our Theory of Change and strategy and to guide the sector's priorities for supporting those supporting Service children;
  • Published research briefings for a practitioner and policy-maker audience to make academic evidence accessible to those working with Service children;
  • Commissioned research into school practice, which identified the 7 principles of effective support (and is the foundation for the Thriving Lives Toolkit);
  • Undertaken scoping research, convened a policy summit and commissioned research into post-16 practice
  • and much more...

Featured Research

Here is a selection of the research we have undertaken or commissioned. You can search much more in our Resources section: just filter by 'Research'.

Complexity meets Diversity: the 16-19 sector

An Organisational Improvement Framework, iCeGS, University of Derby 2019

Thriving Lives Toolkit UK-wide research report. iCeGS, University of Derby, March 2022

Further and Higher Progression for Service Children, McCullouch and Hall, 2016

Thriving Lives Toolkit Impact Evaluation. iCeGS, University of Derby, March 2022

SCiP Alliance 2022 community consultation

Listening to the voice of Service children: Listening to Learn

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