The Children and Families Policy Research Unit (CPRU) is one of 15 National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Units that undertake research to inform decision-making by government and arms-length bodies. The units work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to determine priorities and provide evidence directly to the Secretary of State for Health, government departments and arms-length bodies, such as NHS England and Public Health England.
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health hosts CPRU under the co-directorship of Professors Ruth Gilbert and Terence Stephenson.
The overall aim of the Children and Families PRU is to conduct high-quality research to support the development of evidence-based policy to improve the health of children and families and to develop methods and data resources to improve the quality and timeliness of evidence for policy.
CPRU is a collaboration between UCL (GOS Institute of Child Health, Institute of Education, Department of Applied Health Research) and University of Bristol, University of Oxford, Child Outcomes Research Consortium, Institute of Fiscal Studies and UCL Partners.