Below you will find some of Cattanach's top picks of resources we think might be useful to you. These resources cover a range of different topics, including more information on funding. We also indicate where you might go to get practical information on working with the early years, evaluation tips, the latest research on the early years and much more!

Organisation: Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)
Type: Research


IVAR are an independent charity who work closely with organisations and people striving for social change. They use research to develop practical solutions to challenges faced in the third sector. Their website has a wealth of research, developed over 18 years, that can help organisations make informed, confident decisions about how to move forward. Their work focuses around some age-old themes that are particularly pertinent to the sector like funding, community action and collaboration, and partnerships.

Organisation: Evaluation Support Scotland
Type: Research

Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum

Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum brings together third sector, academic and public sector partners. Their aim is to promote and share research about and from the third sector, encourage the use of third sector research to improve policy and practice and deliver events to support third sector researchers and encourage collaboration with academic partners.

Organisation: Children in Scotland
Type: Research and Learning

Children in Scotland

Children in Scotland are an incredible resource to the third sector. They offer special services that provide practical support, advice and representation for children, young people, parents and families throughout Scotland. Their website has a wealth of information, with many reports about their research, compiling a collection of resources that provide information, insight and analysis on sector-wide issues.

Organisation: Dartington Service Design Lab
Type: Research

Dartington Service Design Lab

Dartington work in close partnership with those commissioning, designing or delivering services for children. Their work is grounded in data and evidence, as well as a deep understanding of public systems and the diverse needs and community contexts they serve. They can be used to help develop new practice for working with children through their evidence based design or for a comprehensive review of existing evidence and literature.

Organisation: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Type: Research

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This is an excellent resource for accessing research about the impacts of poverty UK-wide as well as specifically in Scotland.

Organisation: Harvard University
Type: Research

Harvard Center on the Developing Child

The Harvard Center for the Developing Child is a great place to go to find out the latest research in the early years, particularly cognitive development.

Organisation: Sutton Trust
Type: Research

Sutton Trust Early Years Research

The Sutton Trust produces research on social mobility and tackling inequalities related to poverty across the UK. Filter the ‘Our Research’ with the category early years for research specifically about the wee ones

Organisation: Children’s Parliament
Type: Information, Research

Children’s Parliament

The Children’s Parliament is a great body in Scotland who represent the views of children across Scotland. With the younger ones, they have done some great research using creative activities and art.

Organisation: What Works for Children's Social Care
Type: Information, Research

What Works for Children's Social Care - Evidence Store

This resource is exceptionally useful for exploring different methods of intervention with children, and their effectiveness. Provided are reviews of studies on each intervention, and summaries of their outcomes, how effective they are, and the range of evidence available.

Organisation: Dr Pascal Vrticka (PhD) - Lecturer / Assistant Professor
Type: Research

The Social Neuro-science of Human Attachment

This website shares some excellent research on the social neuroscience behind attachment, written by Dr Pascal Pvrticka. Have a look to find out more about the science behind attachment.

Organisation: ACAMH
Type: Research

ACAMH - Attachment Resources

Here are some excellent and clear resources on the topic of attachment, including those from a social neuroscience perspective from Dr Pascal Pvrticka.

Organisation: BBC Sounds
Type: Learning and Research

The Science of Dad

This is a fascinating podcast episode in which Dr Oscar Duke speaks about how pregnancy, birth and childcare affects fathers. A really useful listen for anyone working directly or indirectly with dads and dads-to-be.