Evidence-Informed Practice

Curated by IRISS, this collection features: IRISS Insights which summarise evidence on key topics, evidence sources and other related resources.

Scottish Child Care and Protection Network

Network that fosters connections, collaboration and the co-ordination of activities that promote the use of research evidence in child care and protection practice in Scotland.

Commissioning and managing external research : a guide for child care agencies

This pamphlet on commissioning research brings together papers from two Research in Practice seminars. Its central message is that research commissioned by child care agencies, including service evaluations, can bring clarity to children and family work provided certain considerations are borne in mind when planning and conducting studies and using the results. They include holding a sharp focus on the questions to be explored, choosing sympathetic, responsive researchers and having the skills to manage the contract.

Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland

Document laying out the rationale and evidence for an R&D strategy arising from the Changing Lives report which recommended such a strategy be developed and that the strategy should underpin the work of all five associated Change Programmes.

A guide to implementing 'Getting it Right for Every Child': messages from pathfinders and learning partners

Implementation guide that shows what needs to be done by people at every level across all agencies and sectors to bring about the changes that are necessary to implement 'Getting it Right for Every Child'.

It identifies essential culture, systems and practice changes and sets out what different people in organisations need to do to progress this agenda successfully. I

Empowering communities to influence local decision making: evidence-based lessons for policy makers and practitioners

This report draws on a systematic review of published evidence to provide lessons on empowerment for policy makers and practitioners. It aims to enable the development of workable activities for empowerment underpinned by a sound evidence base. It focuses on six key mechanisms that facilitate empowerment: asset transfer; citizen governance; electronic participation; participatory budgeting; petitions; redress.

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO)

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Its purpose is to identify and coordinate local, regional and national evidence of ‘what works’, to create a single and comprehensive picture of effective practice in delivering children’s services. More details http://www.c4eo.org.uk/.

Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland : executive summary

A summary of the document "Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland" which sets out the rationale and evidence for the development of an R&D strategy.

Social care governance: A practice workbook

This workbook sets out to show how social care governance is made up of many of social care’s core activities, familiar to practitioners. It puts social care governance into direct practice by taking a team audit approach. This helps teams reflect on and evaluate their practice, using the knowledge SCIE has gathered, to make improvements. The audit framework helps the wider organisation to learn from practice.

Co-production : an emerging evidence base for adult social care transformation (Research briefing 31)

Paper explaining and discussing the concept of co-production, the idea that users of adult social care services should be recognised as people possessing assets and skills which can be employed to help improve services rather than simply seen as passive recipients of services.

Integrated Care for Drug Users : principles and practice

This document sets out the rationale for integrated care and its wider context. It provides definitions and concepts of integrated care and its key elements: accessibility, assessment, planning and delivery of care, information sharing, monitoring and evaluation. Evidence is also provided from research literature, focus groups and consultation on the key issues that influence effective practice in integrated care. Key principles and elements of effective practice drawn from the evidence are also explained.