DCSF RESEARCH CONFERENCE Evaluation of Virtual School Heads for Looked After Children. Michael Allured Department for Children, Schools and Families Children in Care Division Education, health and wellbeing team David Berridge University of Bristol School for Policy Studies.
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Children in Care Division
Education, health and wellbeing team
University of Bristol
School for Policy Studies
Looked After and Learning: Evaluation of the Virtual School Head Pilot. Research Report DCSF-RR144. London: DCSF.
- value of pilots undertaken in a spirit of experimentation
- independence of pilots is important
- multiple methods should be considered.
- The Stages model
- Advocacy coalition framework
- The Argumentative turn
11 pilot authorities chosen by DCSF. Pilots ran for two years 2007-09. Research occupied nine months at final stage of the pilots. To address low educational attainment of looked after children.
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“It’s all about changing the behaviour of well intentioned people including practitioners, providers, community stakeholders, policy makers and funders”
National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)
It is one thing to say with the prophet Amos, “Let justice roll down like mighty waters,” and quite another to work out the irrigation system.
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