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Think Ahead Independent Evaluation

  • Smith, Roger (Principal Investigator)
  • Carpenter, John S W (Principal Investigator)
  • Venn, Laura (Co-Investigator)
  • Russell, Claire (Co-Investigator)
  • Stepanova, Evgenia (Co-Investigator)
  • Patsios, Demi (Principal Investigator)


A team from the Universities of Durham and Bristol has been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the early implementation of the Think Ahead fast-track social work training scheme with a specific focus on mental health practice. The evaluation is scheduled to take place from July 2016 to January 2019; and its aims are to; understand the impact of the programme on social work education and practice; to help Think Ahead to develop the quality of the programme and its working practices; and, to contribute to a better understanding of innovation in social work education and the role of social work in mental health practice.

The evaluation will be carried out by staff from Durham and Bristol Universities, led by Professor Roger Smith (Durham), and including Professor John Carpenter (Bristol), Claire Russell (expert by experience), Dr Demi Patsios (Bristol), Dr Evgenia Stepanova and Dr Laura Venn (Durham).

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  • SPS Centre for Research in Health and Social Care

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