IRISS Insights

IRISS Insights provide the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Self-directed support (SDS): preparing for delivery (IRISS Insights, No.18)

Evidence review that considers what can be learnt from existing research, related initiatives and experience elsewhere.

Culture change in the public sector (IRISS Insights, No. 17)

Evidence review that focuses on the topic of organisational culture change in the public sector. It examines definitions and approaches to organisational culture and how they relate to the public sector; the type of change that identifies as cultural; what the enablers are to culture change; and describes some of the challenges to changing cultures in the public sector.

Strengths-based approaches for working with individuals (IRISS Insights, no16)

One of a series of evidence summaries to support evidence-informed practice in social services in Scotland.

This Insight provides an overview of the research evidence on effective strengths based approaches for working with individuals and presents selected illustrative examples.

How and why people stop offending: discovering desistance (IRISS Insights, no.15)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

It provides a brief introduction to the research evidence about the process of desistance from crime.

Shaping the criminal justice system: The role of those supported by criminal justice services (IRISS Insights, No. 13)

One of a series of evidence reports to support social services in Scotland.

This Insight focuses on the issue of involving those who have offended in shaping the criminal justice system, exploring the different models of involvement, the effectiveness of different approaches and the implications for Criminal Justice Social Work services.

Integration of health and social care (IRISS Insights, no.14)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

This Insight is based on the key findings of a review conducted for ADSW (Petch, 2011), which considered the evidence base for health and social care integration.

Measuring personal outcomes: challenges and strategies (IRISS Insights, no.12)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics. This Insight, written by Dr Emma Miller, Honorary Senior Research Associate at Glasgow School of Social Work, considers some of the challenges of measuring outcomes and emerging responses to these.

Attachment-informed practice with looked after children and young people (IRISS Insights, no.10)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

Permanence and stability for disabled looked after children (IRISS Insights, no.11)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

Intensive supervision, surveillance and monitoring of young people (IRISS Insights, no.9)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics. Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed. This Insight looks at intensive supervision, surveillance and monitoring of young people.