Exploring innovations in Transition to adulthood (EXIT Study)

  • Currie, Graeme (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Swan, Jacqueline (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Singh, Swaran (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Munro, Emily (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kaner, Eileen F.S. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • McGovern, Ruth (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Skouteris, Helen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Simkiss, Douglas (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

1. Aim:Support the development, implementation & diffusion of meaningful innovation for YPLA (Young People Looked After) as they negotiate the transition from care to adulthood.2. Objectives:(a) Map sources, types & extent of innovation nationally in the care of YPLA as they negotiate the transition from care to adulthood.(b) Identify barriers & facilitators to development & implementation of innovation for YPLA as they transition to adulthood (c) Identify mechanisms for sustaining & diffusing evidence-based ('meaningful') innovation for YPLA as they transition to adulthood.(d) Measure outcomes of innovation at 5 levels: i. diffusion of innovation at system level ii. adaption of innovation as it diffuses across organisations iii. impact on YPLA with focus upon identity, attachment & mental health challenges iv. collect secondary data from services where available around innovation success, including cost, as well as better outcomes for YPLA v. deviation from NICE Guidelines(e) Understand what kind of adaption of innovation occurs as it diffuses & what affect this adaption has on outcomes.(f) Impact policy & practice, ensuring that evidence-based innovation diffuses to support transition of YPLA into adulthood (g) Build capacity amongst practitioners & YPLA end users with regard to their knowledge & capability to develop, implement, sustain & diffuse evidence-based innovation to support transition of YPLA into adulthood3. Fit with, and contribution to, call:(a) Study is collaborative, with managers, professionals in health, social care & other agencies, inclusive of YPLA ('Young People Looked After' was the term preferred to the policy term, 'Looked After Children & Young People', by practitioners & YPLA that were consulted in the development of the bid).(b) Takes a broad definition of innovation types & focus upon process/service innovation.(c) Knowledge exchange activity enables diffusion of innovation that supports YPLA transition & delivers benefit to care organizations & YPLA system.(d) Study is grounded in the reality of the care experience, with sensitivity to varying circumstances of the YPLA client group. We examine those complex YPLA that are most vulnerable to identity, attachment & mental health issues, such as BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) YPLA, unaccompanied asylum seeking YPLA, YPLA with mental illness, physically disabled YPLA, learning disabled YPLA, YPLA with complex developmental trauma, YPLA with a chronic condition (such as type 1 diabetes or epilepsy), LGBTQ+ young people (Bradley, 2017; Driscoll, 2017; NICE, 2010).(e) Study impacts a range of agencies delivering health & social care, such as voluntary organisations & educational providers.(f) Research is embedded in local contexts that represent transferable exemplars for national & international diffusion.(g) Research is cross-disciplinary with the research team drawn from public health, social care, organisation science. The research will make a cross-disciplinary contribution through integrating literature from organisation science (e.g. about innovation diffusion) public administration & social care (e.g. about dimensions of the policy imperative), social care literature (e.g. about dimensions of the problem), health services research (e.g. about measuring health & social care impact of interventions).(h) Research advances social science theory about innovation & implementation science & participatory research methods that involve co-production with practitioners & end users.(h) Research informs workforce development, indicatively in the areas of leadership, change management, innovation culture.(i) Research generates policy implications, particularly for funding & incentives innovation.(j) Research draws in expertise (CI Skouteris, bidding to carry out a parallel study funded by ARC) from Monash University around health & social care interventions for YPLA for international comparison.
Effective start/end date1/12/1930/11/21


  • vulnerability
  • disadvantage
  • young people
  • innovation