Research and information

Primary and secondary research to inform decision-making and improve care and health

Care and health providers, commissioners, policy-makers and researchers need reliable evidence to inform tough decisions and support service improvement, efficiency and better outcomes for people using services and their carers. 

SCIE’s research consultancy service provides that evidence.

It was great to work with SCIE to better understand local authority decision-making on early intervention. Their excellent contacts and collaborative approach helped us to appreciate what helps and hinders long-term planning as well as to generate practical recommendations for the way ahead.

Kate Mulley, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Action for Children

Research services

You can commission SCIE to deliver:

Our approach to research

Our in-house experts and associates conduct research, evaluation and information gathering on a consultancy basis. Our dedicated team of research analysts and information specialists have both subject matter and methodological expertise.

We pioneered a robust approach to social care research, using multiple sources, including the direct experiences of people who use and deliver services. And we have over 14 years’ experience in delivering and disseminating reliable, independent research findings.

We also work in partnership with other research agencies to complement our skills, knowledge and capacity.

Research clients

We provide research services to a wide range of clients including local authorities, care providers, national agencies, government departments, foundation trusts, research agencies and universities. Some of our research clients are outlined below.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE/SCIE quick guides
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SCIE and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have developed a series of quick guides together. Each guide covers key information based on NICE guidance that is relevant to a specific audience e.g. care home managers, practitioners or people who use services. A co-production group is involved in the development of each guide. Groups are made up of people with an interest in the topic, including professionals and people who use services and carers, so that we can ensure that the guides offer relevant advice and meet the needs of the sector. Titles include:

  • Better home care for older people
  • Building independence through planning for transition
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Discussing and planning medicines support
  • Helping to prevent infection
  • Improving oral health for adults in care homes
  • Intermediate care, including reablement
  • Moving between hospital and home, including care homes
  • Recognising and preventing delirium
  • What to expect during assessment and care planning

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care 2013-2018
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The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care consortium was led by SCIE to develop NICE social care guidance with people who use care, their families and friends, care providers and commissioners. Over the five year period of the contract, the NCCSC developed 11 social care guidelines and supported the implementation of both the guidelines and social care quality standards.


Review of evidence of what works in homelessness services
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SCIE was commissioned by Crisis to undertake a review of currently existing evidence on the effectiveness and costs of homelessness interventions and services. The review informed the Crisis plan to end homelessness.


Developing ‘People powered health’ measures
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SCIE, PPL, National Voices and Beautiful Information have been commissioned by Nesta to test out the feasibility of creating a suite of measures of People Powered Health. People Powered Health is about looking for better ways for people to be healthier and happier - by becoming more involved in, motivated and knowledgeable about their health and by using new digital tools that generate new data and knowledge. This initial scoping phase of the work will involve:

  • Exploring the measures of person and community- centred health and care
  • Scoping the feasibility for a new ‘People Powered Health’ scale, index or scorecard.

London Borough of Croydon

Review of special educational needs and disabilities service for 0-25 year olds
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London Borough of Croydon commissioned SCIE and PPL to review its 0–25 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities service. In 2016, Croydon established the All Age Disability Service.

Welsh Government

Rapid evidence assessment and guidance development: autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
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In 2017, the Welsh Government commissioned SQW and SCIE to undertake a rapid evidence assessment (REA) into 'what works' in supporting learners affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Department of Education

Coaching to innovation programme projects
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The Department for Education has commissioned SCIE, Mutual Ventures and Innovation Unit to provide experienced, expert, flexible support and challenge to 45 Innovation Programme-funded projects that support vulnerable children and young people.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Evaluation of the local authority partnerships programme
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Leading national cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned SQW and SCIE to evaluate its Local Authority Partnerships (LAP) Programme. The Programme provides a vision for delivering integrated care and support.

NWG Network

Child sexual exploitation – evaluation support
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The NWG Network provides specialist support, training and resources to professionals whose work involves tackling child sexual exploitation. The organisation commissioned SCIE to evaluate its performance and impact. SCIEs evaluation enabled the NWG Network to:

  • Review performance and outcomes data
  • Produce a baseline picture of performance
  • Review existing evaluation and monitoring systems, such as the survey tools and feedback forms.

This is a crucial time for the NWG Network as we build our reach and impact. We are delighted to have SCIE helping us analyse our performance and assess our impact in the future.

Sheila Taylor MBE, Chief Executive, NWG Network.

Research partners

We complement our in-house expertise through partnerships with leading experts in social care policy, practice, research and economics including:

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