Our work in this area focuses on research into, and evaluations of, policies and interventions designed to improve outcomes (educational, social and socio-economic) for children, young people and their families; other adults and local communities.

Within that broad area, SQW have developed knowledge and expertise in specific topic areas, including: the evaluation of educational interventions in areas as diverse as literacy and numeracy, careers education and guidance and science education; programmes of support for disadvantaged young people and marginalised communities in both developed and developing countries; early years' interventions and family support programmes; and widening participation and adult and basic skills learning.