Practice in Need of Evidence

Excellent practice is happening all over the country but, in most instances, without a robust evidence-base. We want to find promising practice and support social care organisations to be more evidence-minded and evaluate their own practice to a high standard through our Practice In Need of Evidence (PINE) programme. Ultimately we hope to find practice that could be successfully shared and scaled more widely.

If you have an idea for a new intervention or way of working, or if you’re looking to build an evidence base for an existing project, then the PINE programme could support you to develop an evaluation.

The PINE programme is separated into four stages and participants are guided through the project self-evaluation via our online portal. Between each stage, you will also have a consultation session with our registered social workers and researchers.

Although we work mostly with Local Authorities or other social care organisations, as long as the project aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families in contact with children’s social care in England, then we are always open to supporting other organisations also.

We would like to support any intervention which seeks to improve outcomes for children and families, however we are especially interested in hearing from organisations working across our five key priorities:

  • The children’s social care workforce
  • Children and young people’s mental health
  • Residential care
  • Domestic abuse
  • Risk and decision-making.

We are also looking to further develop the evidence base around interventions that seek to safeguard children under one years old from non-accidental injury from male carers.

If you think the PINE programme could support the self-evaluation of your intervention, get in touch and email an overview of your project to

Our current PINE projects

Learn more about PINE in this video

We have PINE partners across the country, including: