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How we measure impact

Monitoring and evaluating the impact of our work has been a central premise since Place2Be was founded in 1994. We develop our services to ensure we make a lasting difference.

Who collects the data?

School Project Managers (SPMs) at each school collect data on children we work with. SPMs ask children's teachers, parents and young people themselves to complete questionnaires about their behaviour and emotional and social wellbeing before the start of the intervention and after the intervention is completed.

What do we do with the data?

We regularly monitor referrals, intervention take-up and service delivery in our schools and clusters. At the end of each academic year children's outcomes are analysed as anonymised data.

More information for parents / carers of children and young people we see in our services, and parents who receive counselling themselves, on how we use the data and the legal basis for processing it, is available at the links below.

Measures of emotional and social wellbeing and behaviour:

  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and Impact Supplement
  • Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (YP-CORE)
  • Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation Outcome Measure (CORE-OM)
  • Presenting Concerns

Measures of academic attainment and progress:

  • Questions about children's attitudes towards learning
  • School attendance


Place2Be is a member of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), a collaboration of mental health specialists from 70 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the UK and Scandinavia. Each year Place2Be receives a report comparing service outcomes with the rest of CORC. In 2015/16, children seen by Place2Be and their parents rated problem improvement and helpfulness of the service significantly more positively than service users from rest of CORC.

Who are our research partners?

Place2Be has a long history of association with the academic community, both in terms of providing data to and projects for interested researchers, as well as building relationships with critical friends that have provided invaluable advice and guidance and external corroboration for our research and evaluation findings.

We are currently collaborating with PhD and Masters students from the University of East London, University of Strathclyde, University College London, the Anna Freud Centre and the Institute of Education. We are members of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Outcome Research Consortium (CORC), a not for profit learning collaboration examining the best way of evaluating outcomes across CAMHS Services to ensure that young people and their families receive the best possible service.

Our Research Advisory Group

Download full biographies for our Research Advisory Group

  • Professor Tamsin Ford CBE, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (University of Cambridge)
  • Gregor Henderson, Department of Health
  • Dr John Ivens, Educational Psychologist, Head Teacher, Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School
  • Professor Edward Melhuish, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues (Birkbeck)
  • Dr Christine Merrell, Durham University
  • Dr Margaret Murphy, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Dr David Trickey (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)
  • Elizabeth Greetham (Trustee)
  • Benny Refson OBE, Place2Be President
  • Professor Stephen Scott CBE (Trustee)
  • Professor Eric Taylor (Trustee), King's College London


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