evidence summary

Spirituality and ageing: implications for the care and support of older people (IRISS Insights, No19)

It is predicted that by 2033 there will be a 50% increase in the number of people over 60 in Scotland. This is accompanied by increasing longevity.

This evidence review focuses on the spiritual care of older people as one of the ways in which person-centred care can be achieved.

Aberlour Glasgow Bridges - research summary

The Aberlour Glasgow Bridges service started work with families affected by parental substance misuse in June 2008 in the Possilpark area of North East Glasgow. The aim of the service was to develop and deliver interventions with parents, carers and children to improve children’s educational, health and well-being outcomes. This resource summarises research undertaken to review and evaluate Glasgow Bridges.

Implementing evidence-based programmes in children's services: key issues for success

Report that brings together the latest international thinking about the key issues relating to the implementation of evidence-based programmes, utilising both published work and expert opinion.

The aim is to provide a summary of issues that should be considered and planned for by those about to start implementing a new programme in order to increase the chances of success; to draw attention to sources of further information; and to share lessons that have been learned by others when implementing similar programmes.

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.

Engagement in culture and sport

This page contains the findings of systematic reviews undertaken within the EPPI-Centre for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The 'Case' Drivers, Impacts and Value work is the largest single piece of policy research published for culture and sport. Comprising three different strands it is the most comprehensive piece of work in this field, assessing a huge range of research and data, setting the foundations for evidence-based policy making. Evidence Summary published by the EPPI-Centre in October 2012.

Communities that cook: a systematic review of the effectiveness and appropriateness of interventions to introduce adults to home cooking

Concerns over the health implications of poor diets, and claims for links between cooking and social connectedness, have led to heightened interest in the UK public’s ability to cook. There has been a focus recently on community-based, ‘home cooking’ courses aimed at adults. This review aimed to explore the range of these courses evaluated in the UK; and to synthesise findings about outcomes and appropriateness. Evidence summary published by the EPPI-Centre in 2012.

Commissioning in health, education and social care: models, research bibliography and in-depth review of joint commissioning between health and social care agencies

The way that public services are organised and work has changed considerably over the last 25 years. One of the main changes has been to divide the function of public agencies into service purchasers which ‘commission’ or ‘purchase’ services on behalf of the public and service providers which provide the services. This change has been introduced across all public sectors in many different countries. The broad aim of this research was to identify research evidence on ‘commissioning’ or ‘public service purchasing’ in education, health and/or social welfare in the UK and other countries.

An equal start: improving outcomes in children's centres - the evidence review

Evidence review that identifies the most important outcomes children’s centres should be striving for in order to give all children positive early-years experiences.

It draws together the best academic evidence, the views of practitioners and parents, and the work that government continues to take forward around the early years. It recognises the value of many of the existing national and local frameworks.