Research carried out by DEPS can be negotiated at the authority or school level, based on an identified need for investigation. Research seeks to answer questions of relevance to educational and other authority staff, which will benefit children and young people.
As well as exploring new ideas, research can help evaluate practice and procedures, provide evidence about what is working well, and inform policy. It also helps with the sharing of good practice.
A research assistant is part of the team at DEPS and works alongside the Educational Psychologists to support research work through research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting or findings.
Examples of recent or current research include:
- Analysing the data from the City-wide Social and Emotional Behavioural Needs review
- Setting up and evaluating the cross-city Nuture Class initiative
- Developing and evaluating the whole-class Positive Attitude to Life Skills Programme (PALS)
- Developing, delivering and evaluating the STARS early language and literacy intervention in partnership with Speech and Language Therapy, The Libraries Service and other partner agencies.
- Conducting a literature review of the relative effectiveness of parenting programmes to inform the 'Being a Parent in Dundee' strategy
- Analysing the findings from a city-wide survey of staff views on pupil behaviour
- Designing and implementing Dundee's Autism Strategy action research project.
- Designing, delivering and evaluating the 'Building Braw Bairns' whole-class relationships and empathy programme
- Contributing to the evaluation of the impact of the City's literacy strategy
- contributing to the evaluation of the impact of nurturing approaches as part of the City's Attainment Challenge bid