Supporting local authorities to develop their research capacity


This paper provides useful insights into the views and experiences of a range of 15 local authority front line staff, including locality managers and staff from central children's services recently involved in defining and undertaking research projects with support from the NFER and the Local Authority Research Consortium (LARC).

LARC2 (2009) explored the impact of integrated working on improving outcomes for children, young people and families by looking at the Common Assessment Framework (CAF).

Around 25 authorities carried out local research on the CAF with the purpose of developing a national picture of progress towards integrated working.

This LGA funded project complements the LARC research by examining the views, perceived benefits and challenges of being involved in practitioner-led research with a sample of LAs from across England involved in LARC.

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