The Global Impact of DSPI Research


It is vitally important that our research has a proven impact in the everyday lives of people around the globe.

These case studies, prepared for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, provide a glimpse of the work we undertake, and the scale of its impact.



a group of African children

Cash + Care: Transforming HIV outcomes for adolescents in Africa through social protection

Lucie Cluver, Frances Gardner, Franziska Meinck, Yulia Shenderovich


Since 2009, ground-breaking research by the University of Oxford, has reduced HIV infection risks and improved health for 2,000,000 adolescents across Southern and Eastern Africa. Specifically, the research demonstrated that combinations of social welfare, cash transfers and caregiving support gave 50-70% reductions in HIV infection risk behaviours, such as transactional sex. This has been directly translated into policy and service delivery for adolescents by USAID-President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNICEF, UNAIDS and national governments including South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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Parents and child holding hands

Preventing child abuse globally through research-driven parenting programmes

Frances Gardner, Lucie Cluver, Jamie Lachman, Yulia Shenderovich


Since 2011, Professors Gardner, Cluver and Dr Lachman and their teams within the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI), at the University of Oxford, have led a multi-stakeholder effort to develop the world’s first suite of evidence-based, non-commercialised, open-access parenting programmes: Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH). 


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