Projects & Funding

We currently have a number of open opportunities.

Projects in educational settings

Trial of Research Learning Communities – call for local authority and Virtual School delivery partners

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is funding the roll-out and evaluation of Research Learning Communities within local authorities and Virtual Schools in England. We are now seeking Local Authorities to participate in this exciting programme. 

What is Research Learning Communities

RLC is an intervention that aims to raise teachers’ awareness, understanding, and use of educational research in developing their practice, with the ultimate aim of improving pupil outcomes. This is a whole school intervention where designated teachers from each school attend RLC workshops in which they discuss research with academic experts and colleagues from other schools.

The focus will be on Maths & English lessons for Year 5 & 6 pupils. The intervention is made up of 8 Workshops, delivered to teachers on a monthly basis.

The project will be evaluated using a randomised controlled trial (RCT). Half of all participating primary schools within the local authority or Virtual School will be randomly selected to receive the Research Learning Communities intervention for the duration of the evaluation period. WWCSC will appoint an independent evaluator to lead on the evaluation of this programme.

We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from local authorities and Virtual Schools, who will then work with local primaries to be part of the intervention. 

The programme will launch in September 2021 with set up beginning in July.

Please find further details about this programme in the information sheet.

If you would like to register your participation in this programme please complete the questions below by Friday 30th July 2021.

Research Learning Communities

Expression of Interest for Research Learning Communities - May 2021
  • Have you or anyone in your local authority already participated in Research Learning Communities? * Required
  • This project is due to launch in September 2021, with the set up phase beginning in January 2021.
  • Please confirm you will be able to work with us, the delivery partner and the evaluation team within this timeframe * Required
  • If you anticipate that you will require signoff from senior management, please could you confirm that you'll be able to secure this shortly after confirmation of your involvement in the programme? * Required
  • Please confirm you have understood the expectations of the evaluation and that your participation in the evaluation is a requirement of the programme. * Required
  • Please note that we will store and use the information you provide to contact you about your application. Details will be shared with the Research Learning Communities delivery partner for the purposes of this project only. For more information on how we use and store data, please see our privacy policy.
  • Please confirm that you have understood how WWCSC will use and store your data * Required

We will review these registrations on a rolling basis as they are submitted, and will inform applicants of any next steps in August 2021.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the WWCSC Programmes Team: programmes@whatworks-csc.org.uk

Rapid Reviews

Factors for Successful Reunification of Children in Care

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is funding a series of rapid reviews. We are seeking proposals from research teams with expertise in undertaking rapid systematic reviews, and with knowledge of the sector. 

These reviews will be used specifically to inform the decisions and recommendations of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, and more broadly, to help build the evidence base in children’s social care, and inform decisions about the research and projects that we fund and conduct. 

We will be funding a number of reviews on specific topics over the coming months, and the next one of these that we are looking to fund is on: factors for successful reunification of children in care

The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care would like to explore the factors associated with successful reunification. Specifically, this call for a rapid review aims to answer the following questions: 

  • What are the factors associated with successful reunification for children in care in England? 
  • The review would welcome a primary focus on impact evaluations of interventions facilitating reunification. These may be supplemented with evidence from implementation or process evaluations. 
  • Proposed definitions of successful reunification should be outlined in the application

Information sheet and application form

If you’re interested, please submit a proposal to programmes@whatworks-csc.org.uk by 5pm,  23rd August 2021

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Programmes team: programmes@whatworks-csc.org.uk

The Experiences of Teenagers in Care

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is funding a series of rapid reviews. We are seeking proposals from research teams with expertise in undertaking rapid systematic reviews, and with knowledge of the sector. 

These reviews will be used specifically to inform the decisions and recommendations of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, and more broadly, to help build the evidence base in children’s social care, and inform decisions about the research and projects that we fund and conduct. 

We will be funding a number of reviews on specific topics over the coming months, and the next one of these that we are looking to fund is on: The experiences of teenagers in care

We would like to commission a rapid review which addresses the following primary question: 

  • What interventions have been put in place to respond to the needs of teenagers involved with children’s social care and are these effective? 

The review team are also interested in the following secondary questions: 

  1. What are the barriers and facilitators to implementation of interventions and does evidence suggest they are acceptable to target groups? 
  2. What are the characteristics of young people who become involved with children’s social care during their teenage years and what are their needs? 

Information sheet and application form 

If you’re interested, please submit a proposal to programmes@whatworks-csc.org.uk by 5pm,  23rd August 2021

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Programmes team: programmes@whatworks-csc.org.uk