Supporting Innovation in Policy, Services and Practice

 The complex and ever-changing nature of the lives of children and families demands policies, services and practices that are dynamic and flexible. The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre has established strong credibility in supporting policy makers, service managers and practitioners to develop and implement new ideas in their work. Central to this objective is the application of research to inform practice and policy and the translation of knowledge into an evidence-informed approach to children’s services. Alongside this, an ethos of reflective practice underpins and informs a culture of stakeholder engagement in using and learning from evidence. 

This strand of the UNESCO Centre’s work is built on expertise in children and family policy, research, evaluation and programme planning, and training and facilitation.  It reflects the UNESCO Centre’s central commitment to improving children’s lives through better connecting the worlds of research, policy and practice. Much of the work undertaken within this strand is practical, leading to concrete policies, plans and documents.

 Our work within this theme includes:

  • Focused review of key policy areas relating to children and families
  • Supporting policy makers in the development of new policies / policy documents
  • Facilitating organisations in developing and designing new services and in modifying existing services
  • Advising services on planning and evaluation
  • Offering focused training for service providers

 Embedded throughout our research and evaluation reports are a multitude of recommendations towards improving policies, services and practices but some more specific examples of our work under this theme are: