Helping what works to work better

Welcome to the website of The Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation. The Centre was set up to contribute to the work of building and developing effective services for children and families by applying insights and practical tools from the emerging field of implementation science and practice. We also aim to contribute leadership to the development of the implementation field in the UK. Since we started work in 2012 we have been commissioned to carry out a wide range of projects ranging from complex research studies for central government, local government and large voluntary organisations to small, in-depth implementation support advice and consultancy projects. On this website you will find information about our work, and publications and resources developed by The Colebrooke Centre and leading implementation specialists around the world.


August 2016

Implementing social pedagogy in fostering services: New publication

This new report from The Colebrooke Centre and the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University on the implementation of an ambitious four year national programme to introduce social pedagogy into seven fostering providers in England and Scotland is published ahead of final outcome and costs results (forthcoming, winter 2016). It focuses on the implementation successes and challenges in individual sites and across the group as a whole. Training for carers and some staff was well received and professional social pedagogues were successfully integrated into the work of several sites. In four sites, definite plans for sustaining and scaling up the approach in locally-appropriate ways were being made by the end of the period.  The study shows however that implementing this kind of fluid and intangible approach is particularly challenging, at all levels. Read more here for the summary of key findings, the main report, and the implementation case studies of participating sites.

December 2015

Adoption Support Fund: Learning from the Prototype - The Colebrooke Centre’s implementation evaluation and analysis of the prototype phase of the UK government’s national Adoption Support Fund, an initiative to extend access to therapeutic support for adoptive families. Based on phased programme of analysis and data collection using an implementation science and practice lens, this study reports how ten local authorities in England implemented the early phases of this important national policy initiative from 2014 to 2015. DFE-RR467: Click here for the full research report and a shorter research brief. Carried out on behalf of the Department for Education.

November 2015

From Programs to Systems: Deploying Implementation Science and Practice for Sustained Real World Effectiveness in Services for Children and Families - article by Deborah Ghate, director of The Colebrooke Centre, on how an implementation lens helps us move from effective programmes to effective systems. Published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology on Taylor & Francis Online. Free to download and share at:

Completed projects in 2015:

Two reviews of adoption and special guardianship services, in Essex and Suffolk county councils:

Development of the theory of change, review of monitoring and evaluation processes, and piloting of an Overarching Impact Measure for the Family Links Nurturing Programme

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Let Teachers Shine: an implementation readiness evaluation for the SHINE Trust

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