Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention

The Centre for Evidence Based intervention (CEBI) is one of two research units within the Department of Social Policy and Intervention undertaking scholarly research in the field of evidence-based intervention at the University of Oxford.

CEBI is a centre of excellence both nationally and internationally focusing on research across five domains related to social intervention. It is multi-disciplinary and employs a wide range of research methodologies and theoretical perspectives.

Our research is funded by a range of organisations including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); Department of Health (DH),  Department for Education (DfE); and charities such as the Big Lottery Fund and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

CEBI’s researchers deliver rigorous evidence with which to address some of the real-world challenges that currently face populations in low-, middle- and high-income countries, and our research applies innovative methods to a range of topics with the aim of providing practitioners and policy makers with evidence-informed solutions to these real-world challenges.

Our research also contributes to the rapidly advancing science in this field and some of the senior staff within CEBI are world leaders in the field.

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CEBI’s researchers work independently as well as in partnership with leading institutions around the world to answer pressing questions about social and psychosocial challenges.

Some projects originate from the interests of our principal investigators and graduate students, while others come from requests made by partners such as government departments, social and mental health care providers, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies.

Our research is funded by a range of organisations, including:

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Department of Health
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • European Research Council
  • Health Foundation
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • John Fell Fund
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH: NIDA and NIMH)
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Swedish Board of Health and Welfare
  • UBS Optimus
  • UK Department for Education

CEBI works on a contractual basis with a wide range of partners to investigate promising approaches to addressing social and psychosocial problems. This includes national and international research institutions, government bodies, health and social care agencies, charities, NGOs and international development agencies.

Find out more here.

You can read 2 in-depth case studies about our work here - Professor Lucie Cluver's work with AIDS-affected children in sub-Saharan Africa, and Professor Frances Gardner's work on parenting interventions.

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