Looking back and moving forward: 15 years of CORC

Reflections on developing a more child and young person-centred mental health system

After 15 years of brilliant service, Miranda Wolpert will be leaving the Child Outcomes Research Consortium in May 2019 to take up a new role as Head of the Mental Health Priority Area for the Wellcome Trust. This is a hugely influential and important international post and the CORC Board and the CORC Team are delighted for her that she has been offered such an eminent role.

Ashley Wyatt, Chair of our board writes:

“The CORC board congratulates Miranda on her new role. Miranda has made great strides in advancing the field of mental health outcome measurement for young people and in ensuring that young people’s voices are heard. The Board thank her for her work and look forward to building on her legacy going forward and continuing on extending our work across both educational and health settings.”  

Prof Miranda Wolpert says:

“I feel great pride that I am leaving at a time when CORC is flourishing with a strong board and fantastic leadership team poised to take the consortium to new heights. I will be taking rich learning from CORC into  my new role and hope that there will be many opportunities for continued shared future learning going forward.”

We thought this would be a great opportunity to look back at 15 years of developing a more child and young person-centred mental health system: What have we achieved? Where are we now? And where is CORC moving next? The below video was initially created for a major conference in Australia in March 2019, but we thought it might be of interest for CORC members more generally:

0:40 - What is the Child Outcomes Research Consortium?

1:51 - What developments have we seen over the last 15 years? 
Sharing analysis of the routinely collected data related to outcomes for children seen across services taking part in CYP IAPT between April 2011 and June 2015

7:03 - What is reliable change? 
Key findings in terms of reliable change and recovery and an explanation of the key terms used in our analysis can be found here.

7:53 - How do we think about the data from outcome measures?
Learn more about FUPS data

10:50 - THRIVE Framework - providing a set of principles for creating coherent and resource-efficient communities of mental health support for children, young people and families.
Learn more about THRIVE

13:35 - What does our data say about rates of improvement?
Why we must set realistic expectations for outcomes in child mental health

16:34 - Collaborating with young people to find out what a meaningful outcome for child and youth mental health support is and what counts as 'evidence'
Watch our first CORC YouTube Live Chat

17:17 - How to support services with their outcome measurement 
Learn more about the CORC Best Practice Framework


Miranda's guidance has a lot to do with CORC's success and we can't thank her enough for all she has done to help CORC become the leading membership organisation in the UK that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. We will of course have a farewell celebration for Miranda to wish her all the best in her new role and will announce her replacement in due course. We wish her only continued success and that she tackles this new venture with the same passion and dedication she has displayed as part of CORC.