Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention

The Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention (CEBI) is a global leader in conducting rigorous evaluations of interventions aimed at tackling today’s urgent social problems.

We investigate what works, with whom, and in which contexts, particularly through high-quality randomised trials, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and other evaluation designs. We also carry out basic research into the causes of social problems, to understand better how and why interventions are effective.

Our ultimate aim is to help develop successful interventions that translate into effective social policies and programmes.

We operate within the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, which offers the MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation – a pioneering degree course that delivers practical skills for critically examining social interventions and evidence.

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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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