MeasuresThe Child Outcomes Research Consortium is a learning collaboration of mental health providers, schools, funders, service user groups and researchers jointly committed to collecting and using routinely collected outcome data to enhance service provision and improve understanding of how best to help young people with mental health and wellbeing issues and their families. Over 70 member services across the UK, Scandinavia and beyond are committed to ensuring that young people and their families receive the best help possible.

CORC aggregates and reports on outcome data, and trains professionals in how to use data by offering free training to members.  In addition, CORC carries out original research, works with members and others to improve practice and develops innovative approaches to data collation, management and linkage. The collaboration also aims to improve understanding of the experience of children and young people who use mental health services and to help ensure the voice of mental health professionals is heard within society.

Upcoming CORC Events

CORC Members’ Forums

Thank you to everyone who attended our Members’ Forum on 20th April 2016 – it was an inspiring and thought provoking day! The second Members’ Forum of 2016 will be held on 30th November 2016.

We also have some exciting upcoming events of interest to CORC members:

EBPU 10 year celebration: “Making evidence-based practice a reality in child mental health: Considering risk, resilience, change and choice”

• Thursday 16th June 2016
• Anna Freud Centre, 4-8 Rodney Street, London, N1 9JH

This free event includes speakers Professor Peter Fonagy, Dr Miranda Wolpert, Professor Neil Humphrey, Dr Jessica Deighton, Professor Panos Vostanis, Kate Martin and many more. For further information and to book a place, please visit the Anna Freud Centre website

CORC 2nd International Conference – “Sharing best practice in supporting service transformation through outcome measurement across the globe”

• Friday 17th June 2016
• Anna Freud Centre, 4-8 Rodney Street, London, N1 9JH.

This free event will provide the opportunity to network and share best practice and challenges in routine outcomes measurement. The day will be followed by a tribute to Dr Steve Kingsbury who tragically died last year and did so much to transform and enhance help for children and young people with mental health issues. Speakers include: Professor Wolfgang Lutz (Germany), Professor Frits Boer (Netherlands) and Dr Olle Lindevall (Sweden) alongside UK experts.

For further information and to book a place, please visit the Anna Freud Centre website


See our March 2016 CORC newsletter for the latest information about CORC’s projects and news of interest to CORC members

CORC+ data submission

An update on the recent changes to the CORC+ route of data submission and an accessible overview of Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) submissions is available for CORC members using the CORC+ approach. The data specification for CORC+ has been developed as a result of these changes.

CORC Snapshot update

The CORC team has expanded the CORC Snapshot data specification to include all CORC+ measures. This means that services collecting data at two time points who use measures such as the RCADS will be able to submit this data for analysis as part of their CORC Snapshot submission. Services using measures on a session-by-session basis will still fall under the CORC+ model. Please contact the CORC team for more information. Further information is available here.

CORC Self-Review and Accreditation Pilot

We are pleased to announce that in January we began piloting the CORC Self-Review & Accreditation Framework with Liverpool CAMHS partnership. Liverpool partners (consisting of statutory and voluntary organisations) have already completed our ‘ROMS Practice and Attitudes’ staff survey and we are busy analysing and discussing the results with them. The data from the survey – together with partner’s self-review of outcome and feedback measurement – will shape a collaborative action plan in the coming weeks. CORC will then continue to support partners around the implementation and ongoing review of their plan. Feedback about the pilot so far is looking very positive; Liverpool colleagues report they are excited to be able to assess and refine their use of outcome and feedback measures using this structured process. Watch this space for further updates, or for more information contact

CORC for Schools

CORC for Schools aims to bring CORC approaches into the school context and is currently in its pilot phase. CORC is supporting schools to measure the impact of mental health and well-being interventions using both student-reported well-being measures and academic engagement measures (such as attendance, attainment and behaviour). Currently we are working with eight schools, including primary, secondary, mainstream and alternative provision. Interventions which use outcome measures are underway, and we are trialling a variety of data collection styles – online platforms and paper measures – to see what works best. We expect to be producing our first CORC for Schools reports in the summer. To find out more contact Emma Morgan.

CORC for Commissioners

CORC is working with commissioners to tailor CORC approaches to the commissioning context. The CORC Collaborative Commissioning Model applies the learning CORC has built up about working with outcome data to the various steps in the commissioning cycle and we are piloting tools and approaches which will support commissioners and providers in applying best practice ways of working with outcomes. CORC’s support for commissioners covers developing outcome measures frameworks, incorporating measures in specifications, working collaboratively to strengthen data quality, and meaningful approaches to analysing and interpreting outcome data. Also, following the publication of the guidance document for local area CAMHS transformation plans, CORC is on hand to advise on relevant aspects of the plans, including guidance and top tips on embedding an outcome-focused approach. Please do get in touch with the CORC Team or Kate Dalzell.