The Social Research Unit is a charity that looks to improve the health and development of children, particularly in Europe and North America, focussing on identifying possible obstacles to good health and development, and testing the value of children’s services.

The Social Research Unit is working to translate for use in the UK an economic model created by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy that looks at costs and economic returns of interventions related to child well-being.

The charity approached Pro Bono Economics for advice and support in undertaking this translation. We introduced them to a team of economist volunteers from the National Audit Office who are providing advice to the Social Research Unit in undertaking this work.

There will be several publications, each of which looks at a different area of children’s services. The first two of these, looking at education and youth justice have been published by SRU and can be found here.