This is a blog post written by Professor Donald Forrester on the need for evidence-based approaches in social work. He argues that this will enable social workers to articulate and defend their practice and the contribution it makes.
Shonkoff argues that Science, Policy and Practice are distinct cultures with their own approaches to research and evidence. However, since they have a common goal (in this case, improving interventions for children) we need to find creative ways of blending these cultures. He introduces the reader to the main differences between these cultures, and some of the challenges facing evidence-based approaches in this context.
The report reviews evidence about early intervention and the approaches, policies and programmes which help give children aged 0-3 the social and emotional bedrock they need to reach their full potential.
SCIE has a commitment to producing rigorous, high-quality knowledge products. Central in this process is the systematic research review, which combines different types of research knowledge about a social care related topic, drawing on evidence of effectiveness, the views of users and providers, and organisational issues. This guidance updates and clarifies SCIE’s expectations, updating the original guidance (2006). It also introduces SCIE’s new approach to assessing the economic impact of social care practices.