Rather sadly, this is the first Email I've ever sent to the CST/CORE update Email list.  You may have forgotten you joined it, if so, I think you'll find a lot of information to remind you about it and telling you how to unsubscribe below.
This particular Email has been triggered by the GDPR legislation.  I am 100% confident that you all gave your information to get on this list voluntarily so I/we (i.e. CST) have your consent for us to hold this.  That means that the only other thing we need to do to be fully GDPR compliant is to make available to you all the details about our data processing and privacy policy.  For this list you data is actually stored by mailchimp and their privacy policy and details of their data handling are at  I can imagine I might one day want to contact an individual from this or another CST mailchimp list and that would mean that I would be holding your Email address (and any name you have given when registering) on behalf of CST and in line with our policy at The key bit of that policy is that I would only do that if I had a very good reason to believe that that was necessary and would be welcome to you.  For the moment, I can't honestly see how that might happen but it seems honest to tell you that I could do it! If that makes you unhappy, I can only suggest that you unsubscribe from here so I wouldn't be able to do that.

OK. That's all the legalistic stuff (and I, and we, do take data protection very seriously even though it ends up reading as very dull stuff), what about CORE?  Well, CORE is thriving really though you wouldn't know it from this list, partly that's because it's now almost keeping me busy 4-7 days a week with things that always seem to be more important than sending out an update.  The web site has been a problem as the man who owned the plugin we were using to serve up downloads seems to have disappeared and his plugin is broken.  I have replaced the plugin and now have to rewrite every single one of the 93 download links which is very frustrating and only going slowly.  Various CORE measures, and all or part of the CORE-A, are still very widely used in the UK despite not being forced on services by the NHS: that has left us true to our philosophy that good routine change measurement is "bottom up": driven by practitioners rather than "top down" driven managerially or politically.  In other countries, particularly Italy and Spain, it's also increasingly used within a number of "bottom up" developments that are very exciting and papers and reports that have used instruments and measures continue to emerge far faster than we can keep track of them.  Most of my research time is taken up, as it has been for most of the last decade at least, with translations and psychometric explorations.

Now I really must get into a monthly rhythm of updates: there's a positive spin off from making sure we're GDPR compliant!
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