research methods

This is the outcome of an extensive review of evidence about the effectiveness of interventions designed to tackle children and young people's involvement in gun and knife crime. It discusses predicting who is most likely to be involved in violent crime, the impact of where children and young people live on their involvement, how young people's relationships, perceptions and choices affect involvement, anti-gun and anti-knife interventions, and youth offending and youth violence research, ending with conclusions.

Study evaluating a youth crime befriending scheme with particular reference to the processes involved in running the scheme and the effectiveness of its outcomes for young people.

This report presents findings of a qualitative research project commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to investigate the relationship between mental health and employment. The research was conducted during 2007 by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and the Institute for Employment Studies.

The report focuses on how to involve older people alongside the professionals, as equals, in identifying what services they want and value. It notes that older people are able to take account of costs of service provision in an environment where resources are limited, and with this information they are able to prioritise the service provision which they require.

Study evaluating the relationship between exposure to alcohol advertising, marketing and portrayal and subsequent drinking behaviour in young people through systematic review of cohort (longitudinal) studies.

Study assessing the progress and effectiveness of the National Parenting Development Project which was set up to develop the range and quality of parent support services in Scotland.

The purpose of this guide is to offer quick and easy access to information that will aid the implementation of the 2004 Act alongside previous related legislation. The guide explores a number of areas and you will see these listed on the left hand menu. For each topic area the guide includes: key research and policy findings; ideas from practice; links to further information. It also includes related areas of practice not specific to the Act that are useful to its implementation.

Summary of a report into the problem of runaway young people outlining the research methods used and the conclusions reached.

Paper reviewing research on the pragmatic, or social, aspects of language development in children and young people with Down syndrome. Next steps for research are also identified.

A survey of 1,496 parents and carers was carried out between August and October 2008 to quantify the reach (i.e. awareness and usage) of Sure Start Children’s Centres among the target population (that is, parents and carers of children aged under five years and expectant parents). The survey was limited to children’s centres which were designated by March 2006 and so had been established for several years.