Supporting local authorities to develop their research capacity

Client: Local Government Education Children’s Services Research Programme | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

LARC, the Local Authority Research Consortium, was formed at the start of 2007. LARC2 (2008/9) continues the work of the consortium in seeking to support integrated working within localities and multi-agency teams. Through investigating the outcomes for children and young people that emerge as a result of engagement in the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) process, deeper insights can be obtained about the mechanisms that enable effective integration between targeted and universal services. Research into the CAF process will provide insights into the impact that integrated practice in children’s services has had on children and young people, on their families, on the professionals who worked with them and on the services themselves.

The LGA has funded an extension to the LARC research project to explore LA capacity to engage in and conduct research. This project will strengthen the picture presented by LARC authorities making serious, well-structured efforts to improve the operation of front-line, multi-agency working with the children who are engaged in the CAF process. This research project will explore LAs experiences of and capacity to engage in research focussing on their involvement in LARC and other research.

Time scale: September 2009 - January 2010

NFER Project Code: LAL

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