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What we do

What we do

We set up The Colebrooke Centre to help improve the effectiveness of systems and services for children and families by promoting and applying an evidence-informed approach to their design and delivery.

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apply an evidence-informed perspective to assist in the design of better health and social care systems and services for children, families and others



undertake research and evaluation studies in the areas of intervention and implementation science and practice

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apply learning and tools from implementation science to improve practice and delivery of services

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inform and educate the research, policy and practice communities on developments in implementation science and its potential applications



synthesise and disseminate learning from international research and practice on all aspects of effective design and implementation of services for children, families and others

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contribute to scientific, policy and practice debates in the field of implementation science and practice

Research shows that all aspects of a service affect the ease and quality of implementation – from the policy and systems context, though its design, to its method of delivery. In turn, quality of implementation affects the results. We can assist policy makers and providers to use knowledge to improve all aspects of service implementation through tailored, hands-on technical assistance.

The Colebrooke Centre offers a range of support and development assistance to policy and service providers, including:

  • needs analysis for the development of new systems and services

  • service design using evidence-informed techniques and tools

  • service review, benchmarking of implementation quality and best practice analysis and support

  • research and evaluation on all aspects of implementation

  • synthesis and analysis of implementation-relevant evidence tailored to specific organisational, system or project requirements

  • developing in-house capacity in building and applying implementation and improvement know-how

  • advice on evidence-informed organisational development and delivering change

As longstanding researchers and analysts of what works, (and why, and how), we contribute to the national and international knowledge base through publishing and by engaging in practical and scholarly debates about service improvement. 

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