Evidence Masterclasses

What we want to achieve

The Evidence Masterclasses are a learning offer to support senior leaders and team managers in children’s social care to increase their confidence with using research evidence in decision-making.

Who we are working with

We are working in partnership with three local authorities: Bristol, Buckinghamshire and Calderdale, to create the content and format of the Evidence Masterclasses. This has taken the form of initial meetings in all three areas to identify their priorities for this work and to identify the primary audiences for the Masterclasses. Two local authorities wished to focus on an audience of team managers and senior leaders. One local authority wished to focus only on senior leaders.

What stage we are at now

The next step was to hold co-creation sessions with all three local authorities. Two of these co-creation sessions have now taken place and the third will happen in late November (Calderdale had to rearrange due to an Ofsted inspection). These sessions involve a whole-day session with a group of around 6 senior managers, team managers and practitioners. We have used these sessions to carry out exercises to help us develop content for the Evidence Masterclasses, to seek feedback on content we have already developed and to discuss what format the Evidence Masterclasses should take. We have recruited some exceptionally high-calibre individuals to co-deliver the Masterclass sessions with LAs.

What are the next steps

The next step was to hold co-creation sessions with all three local authorities. Two of these co-creation sessions have now taken place and the third will happen in late November (Calderdale had to rearrange due to an Ofsted inspection). These sessions involve a whole-day session with a group of around 6 senior managers, team managers and practitioners. We have used these sessions to carry out exercises to help us develop content for the Evidence Masterclasses, to seek feedback on content we have already developed and to discuss what format the Evidence Masterclasses should take. We have recruited some exceptionally high-calibre individuals to co-deliver the Masterclass sessions with LAs.

Who's involved

Development team

Research partner

Funders

Network