September saw a successful collaboration between CECAN and Brighton University, who hosted a Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) summer school. CECAN sponsored several places to researchers and Government analysts, and those who attended had between 1 – 8 years’ experience. The results of the summer school survey indicate there is much interest in DPS as a tool and those who attended are eager to receive more information and pursue the method further. It was unanimously agreed that DPS can easily be combined with mixed methods that include qualitative research and that DPS can improve research that evaluates policy and practice. With thanks to Professor Phil Haynes for putting the summer school together. We look forward to working on another collaboration again soon.