We work with and for professionals in the social care, health, criminal justice and higher education sectors offering resources, learning opportunities and specialist expertise.
We aim to support their learning to enable people – children, young people, families, adults, carers and communities – to live good lives.
Part of the National Children’s Bureau
Becoming part of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) in early 2024, Research in Practice is the newest member of the NCB family. Together, we are united for a better childhood.
By pooling our capability and resources in systems-change methodology, research and evidence generation, and high-quality professional development, we have created a truly unique offer for our many Partners and stakeholders.
What we provide
- Learning activities for workforce and professional development
Conferences, workshops, and online events to support learning and development.
- Learning resources
Publications, videos, podcasts, case law summaries and other learning materials on key topics to support evidence-informed practice.
- Learning and development programmes
We offer modular learning and development programmes that can be tailored to meet your organisation's requirements.
- News and views
The latest news, information, research, analysis and debate, written by and for professionals across the sector.
- Projects and programmes
We work with local and national government, leading research institutions, and third-sector organisations to deliver targeted programmes of work.
- Research and evaluation services
Working independently or as part of a wider partnership, we offer evaluation services to demonstrate impact and support decision-making.
Browse the menu of online workshops that use a range of methods to engage participants in active learning.
Our work brings together research evidence, practice wisdom and expertise from people’s lived experience.
We do this by:
Interpreting the latest research evidence.
Working with professionals across the sector to share practice wisdom and current issues.
Listening to people with lived experience.
We then work with experts to create learning opportunities and resources on relevant topics; tailored to the learning needs of individuals and organisations. We also share knowledge with people accessing and providing support to develop professionals’ skills and confidence in using evidence.
Everything we do is designed to equip individuals and organisations with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to apply evidence in their work, improve outcomes and enable people to live good lives.
Our network and impact
Our work is steered by our Partner network, comprising of over 220 local, national and voluntary organisations, as well as universities across England. Our annual review highlights this programme of work, showcasing how we support evidence-informed practice with our network and colleagues across the wider sector.
Membership and services
Research in Practice membership offers access to learning opportunities and support for whole organisations. Individual subscription offers access to specific resources.
Expert knowledge, advice and support. We work collaboratively with individual organisations, local and national partnerships to deliver strategic consultancy and tailored learning and development opportunities.
Our values and our people
We aim to reflect our vision and values in everything that we do.