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About us

Since 1996 our mission has been to champion evidence-informed practice in children’s services.

We aim to bridge the gaps between research, practice and service users’ lived experiences to improve practice and ultimately outcomes for children and families.

Our networkIndependent and led by our network of Partners

Our network model allows us independence from any government or policy agenda to provide support that is truly sector-led. We work closely with our Partnership network to ensure our work responds to the most pressing issues facing children’s services.

360° support and network engagement

360 degree support serviceIn addition to the range of resources and events we provide, we offer opportunities for professionals across the sector to share expertise, experience and learning to improve practice and develop the effectiveness of services. We tailor our resources to specific audiences from frontline practitioners to lead members and trustees.

Research in Practice for Adults

Research in Practice for AdultsWhile Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults serve different networks, our co-location and shared focus on finding and using research enables us to develop joint work on themes that cross children's services and adults' services boundaries. See our Organisational Membership page for information on the value for money that can be achieved by joint Partnership with both organisations.


Dartington Hall TrustResearch in Practice was established in 1996 by the Dartington Hall Trust, a charity with a long heritage of supporting innovation and learning in social justice.

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