22 February 2012
A two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership to evaluate projects that aim to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people in Kent has been rated outstanding by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK's innovation agency.
Led by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities working with Project Salus*, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) created an effective evaluation toolkit to help measure the success of projects.
Initiated and led by Professor Carl Parsons and Dr Alan Bainbridge, both from Christ Church’s Faculty of Education, the KTP helped the team at Project Salus to develop skills needed to demonstrate and measure the impact their interventions have on helping young people in the local area.
The outcome of the project has also resulted in a reduction in the need for Project Salus to commission other agencies to carry out evaluations techniques, saving time and money, and significantly improving the understanding and impact of their work.
Peter Heckel, Director at Project Salus, said: “The ability to demonstrate the impact of our work is going to be vital in the continuation and sustainability of Project Salus.”
Peter added that on reflection the project was visionary and has effectively and professionally enabled them to deliver essential and innovative solutions to social need.
Professor Trisha Maynard, Project lead from the University’s Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities, said: “The KTP has been highly significant to the work of the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities at Christ Church. It has not only helped colleagues to establish good working relationships with a range of relevant professionals, but has also provided us with an in-depth, real world understanding of some of the challenges of multi-disciplinary work.
“The project has also enabled us to develop cutting edge knowledge of the benefits, challenges, principles and processes of evaluative research.”
Notes to Editor
* Kent Safe Schools, the pre-curser of Project Salus, is part of the Children, Families and Education Directorate of Kent County Council. Project Salus seeks to listen, consult, engage and support children and young people to encourage and empower them to actively participate and positively contribute to their schools and communities.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a national flagship government funded initiative helping organisations to take advantage of University expertise. Funded by Government organisations, led by the Technology Strategy Board, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships involve the forming of a partnership between an organisation and the university working together with a recent graduate on a project of strategic importance to the organisation. KTP’s can be based in any type of organisation where the application of knowledge will transform its current operation and bring benefits both economic and/or societal. Future priority for new projects will focus on those which demonstrate the potential for a high level of impact, innovation and challenge through the development of new processes, products and ways of working.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.
*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey