research report

Exploring the relationships between evidence and innovation in the context of Scotland’s social services

Report that uses theoretical, empirical and practice literatures and case studies to reflect on the links between evidence and innovation in the context of Scotland’s social services.  It bridges two of the core work streams at The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS); evidence-informed practice and innovation and improvement.

Modelling social care complexity: the potential of System Dynamics

Review that introduces one approach to modelling and simulation, System Dynamics, which can bring potential benefits and insights. Examples of its use in the health sector are cited, and its possible relevance to social care discussed.

The review introduces some generic building blocks for representing populations, services, human resources, and finance, and outlines a possible methodology, group model building, as an approach that uses simulation to enhance thinking and learning.

Community and voluntary services in the age of austerity

Report that lays bare the impact of austerity on services provided by the community and voluntary sector and on the workers for whom providing a service is not just a job, but part of a deep personal commitment to the people they support.

It is a wake-up call for politicians and  society at large that workers in the community sector are approaching crisis point, and it is time to take notice.

Impact of 'virtual wards; on hospital use: a research study using propensity matched controls and a cost analysis

Study that assesses the extent to which multidisciplinary case management in the form of virtual wards led to changes in the use of health care and social care by patients at high predicted risk of future unplanned hospital admission. 

Assessing the impacts of new research evidence in health and social care in Scotland: PROP contribution story 2

Report that details the impact of the research evidence produced by practitioners and the outcome of their knowledge exchamge activities. Practitioners on PROP worked hard to make their research relevant to practice and to people who access support.

Becoming a 'Boundary Spanner' through practitioner-research: PROP contribution story 1

Report that details the impacts of the PROP project on the practitioners and organisations involved. It focuses on the activities undertaken to learn about and ‘do’ research, as well the challenges and enablers encountered along the way. 

It suggests that taking part in PROP allowed practitioners to become ‘Boundary Spanners’ between research and practice.

The 'Bedroom Tax' in Scotland: welfare reform committee 5th report, 2013 (Session 4)

Report on the Housing Benefit Under-Occupation Charge to the Welfare Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

The research was commissioned to give a deeper understanding of scale and the depth of those affected (at Scottish and local authority level) by the under-occupation charge and the capacity of the system to meet down-sizing demand via one bed vacancies coming forward in a given year (a rough proxy for capacity).

Child death reviews: improving the use of evidence

Report of a survey of Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) across England around handling of information about child deaths, actions and recommendations resulting from reviews and how to make better use of information collected by CDOPs.

Public perceptions of the NHS and social care

Survey that is the latest in a series of surveys conducted by the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute on behalf of the Department of Health between spring 2000 and December 2012. The aim of the survey is to explore public attitudes towards, and perceptions of, the NHS and social care services, and to provide a means of tracking these perceptions and attitudes over time.