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Help shape our research priorities

We have always been clear that the answer to ‘what works’ in children’s social care will come from those closest to it – from social workers, from children and young people, from parents and carers, from senior leaders, from academics, charities and private sector providers. This is why we want to ensure all of these groups are involved in setting our research priorities for 2020 and beyond.


Building consensus

We understand that different groups will have different views and priorities, and it is important they are all heard and considered.

But in order to take on board these views in a useful way – and ensure the research we conduct in the future has the greatest possible impact – we need to bring these different views together. To do this we will be using a modified version of the Delphi method. Our version of the Delphi method involves assembling groups of individuals to respond to online surveys to identify and then score potential areas for research. They then receive anonymised feedback on others’ responses and are presented with the survey again. This should work to build consensus on priority areas among groups, whilst also allowing issues of high priority for a particular group to shine through.

How can I get involved?
We are looking for people to join several online panels including:

  • Social workers
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Carers
  • Senior leaders
  • Academics
  • Third sector and private providers

If you are interested in participating in the process you can register here.

We are currently working with our Stakeholder Advisory Group and Young Advisors panel to develop the first survey, which will be launched in January. There will be two subsequent surveys during January and February.

What will you do with the findings?
The priority list produced from this will be front and centre when we make our decisions  about what research we support in the coming year and beyond.

This list will help us decide which projects to undertake, where we should invest time, resources and funding, which projects should be awarded grants, or should be included in our Practice in Need of Evidence programme.

We want to create evidence that is most useful to those closest to children’s social care, so please do get involved to ensure that the work we do reflects the things you believe to be most important.