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Don’t miss the CORC Member Forum – Friday 27th November, CORC Head Office, 4-8 Rodney Street, N1 9JH London

Our Members’ Forum is taking place on Friday 27 November and we are delighted to be welcoming Claire Bethel from the Department of Health, speaking about CAMHS policy agenda and how CORC might help support this, and John Mellor-Clark exploring learning from the CORE measurement approach. The event theme is “CORC in Times of Transformation” and there will be a range of presentations and workshops exploring approaches to transformation plans, recent research, and updates from the team about CORC projects—including upcoming changes to CORC reports— as well as opportunities to liaise with colleagues and the CORC team.
See our November 2015 member forum programme
The event is open to CORC members and our close collaborating partners. To register for a place please visit the link:
We look forward to seeing you there!

Free support for CORC Voluntary Sector Pioneers

The CORC Voluntary Sector Pioneers project is an opportunity for smaller voluntary sector organisations to trial CORC approaches for free—and for CORC to find out more about the challenges and opportunities of routine outcome monitoring in smaller organisations. The project is open to not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of under £500,000 p.a., who will be able to access CORC support over a six-month data collection period and receive a trial CORC report.
Find out more about what is involved
Expressions of interest can be made up to 31 December using this form. To find out more or express interest please contact your local Regional Support Officer or the CORC inbox at
See our November 2015 CORC newsletter for the latest information about CORC’s projects

New and Ongoing CORC Projects

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. In January we will be piloting a CORC Area Report for commissioners which looks across providers’ data on an area level. To find out more please contact Kate Dalzell,

Reshaping CORC Reports

The CORC team are keen to make members’ reports more accessible and useful for informing quality improvement cycles, discussions between funders and providers, and other initiatives.

Over the last few months the team have been exploring statistical and design refinements to CORC reports and how these refinements might support members in interpreting their outcomes data. We look forward to sharing an update on this work at the Members’ Forum and consulting with you on some exciting proposed changes.

In addition, the team is exploring expanding 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, while services using measures on a session-by-session basis will fall under the CORC+ model. Please contact the CORC team for more information.

Accreditation and Review Framework

The CORC Self Review and Accreditation Framework is now being piloted. The framework is designed to promote a ‘whole system’ approach to the implementation of ROMs and is based on the evidence to date of what makes for effective use of outcomes and feedback data to inform quality service provision.

The aim is to give services a snapshot of where they currently perform against 16 criteria and where they need to get to in order to meet the CORC accreditation standard. The framework is still in a draft format and we want member services to contribute to its development. If you want to hear about what the self-review would entail as well as how CORC can support you through it, please email the CORC inbox or speak to your Regional Officer.

Transformation Plans

Following the publication of the guidance document for local area CAMHS transformation plans, CORC is on hand to advise on relevant aspects of your plans, including guidance and top tips on embedding an outcome-focused approach. Please do get in touch with the CORC team for further information.

CORC for Education

CORC for Education aims to bring CORC approaches into the school context. We will be 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 new year. To find out more contact Kate Dalzell

Data Linkage and Cross-Sector Outcomes

This project is a collaboration between CORC, the Child Policy Research Unit (CPRU), the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) and eight geographical areas in England, each including a CORC member. It arose from a recognition of the need to explore how data can be joined up across organisational boundaries to contribute towards achieving the vision of Future in Mind.

The project will support local areas to develop linked data sets, helping them benefit from using linked data, in the context of both monitoring cross-sector strategies to improve mental wellbeing, and conducting research. The first stage involves the partner organisations in each area working through a series of steps to select one ‘example’ cross-sector outcome and outcome indicator with which to explore the complex process of data linkage.