Social care and health services aim to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.  Change isn’t always easy to achieve and evaluating it can be just as hard.

DMSS works collaboratively with providers and service users in the public and voluntary sectors to identify the changes that matter, and provide robust evidence of the difference services make.

We do this by:

  • Evaluating services and initiatives across health, education and social care
  • Carrying out research to understand needs and identify effective responses
  • Providing up to date evidence of what works and best practice
  • Gathering the views and experiences of service users and providers
  • Providing training and support to develop more evidence-based and outcome-focused practice
  • Enabling effective communication by writing and editing reports for maximum impact

We have expert knowledge of:

  • Issues for children, young people and families
  • Children’s services
  • Mental health
  • Health inequalities
  • Sexual violence
  • Gender
  • Equalities and inclusion
  • Service-user involvement
  • Young people’s participation
  • Outcome-focused policy and practice

Current projects

  • Reducing youth crime and violence in St Ann’s, Nottingham – an evaluation for the Royal Foundation
  • Severe and Multiple Disadvantage for Women and Girls  –  a review for Lankelly Chase
  • Homophobic bullying in schools – an evaluation for Barnardo’s


Many of our reports are available as free downloads. Check out our publications page.