Research and Evaluation

Evaluation and clinical research are a central element of the Compass Approach.  We were lucky to receive CLAHRC fellowship funding from the National Institute for Health Research in 2015 to support the development of our evidence base and undertake a qualitative analysis of the therapeutic elements of the Compass Approach.

Our involvement in the DfE Innovations Programme has provided us with the opportunity for independent evaluation by The Anna Freud Centre, in partnership with University College London.  The mixed methods approach to this evaluation involves both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies as well as an economic evaluation of our service outcomes.

Both these research programmes are crucial to our efforts to share the benefits of the service with other local authorities.  We also hope to inform national policy in relation to interventions for this challenging population. To achieve this goal it is essential that the service develops the current evidence base to include more comprehensive clinical audit and research output.


We are also excited to have Trainee Clinical Psychologists from the DClinPsy course at the University of East Anglia undertake their service evaluation projects within the Compass. This independent oversight is invaluable to ensuring we are able to evidence our outcomes to our pupils, their families and our commissioners.

CLARHC Research aims

• Improving outcomes

• Developing an evidence base

• Linking theory to practice

• Embedding a research culture

• Inform service manualisation

• Develop training programme

Research approach

• CLARHC project embedded in wider service evaluation

• Focus on specific aims

• Qualitative analysis

• Programme theory (Dixon-Woods et al, 2011)

  (Davidoff et al, 2015)

• Iterative process of theory – practice links

• Exploring causal change factors

• Validating a theory of change

Theory of change

“Choice cascade” framework (Delloites ) can be used to articulate clinical strategy

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