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.
This report presents the findings from the qualitative evaluation of the New Deal Plus for Lone Parents pilot in Jobcentre Plus districts in Scotland and Wales. The evaluation observed the set up and running of the pilot in the two districts through its first year of delivery.
The aim of the evaluation was to observe the live running of the pilot over time, in order to identify and feed back promptly on the development of the pilot, focusing on the effectiveness of the pilot as a whole - to what extent is it a comprehensive and coherent portfolio offer to lone parents?
Paper looking at whether, and to what extent, increased local autonomy for the police could improve policing in England and arguing for a greater emphasis on partnership policing and neighbourhood policing.
Report of a study which set out to assess local authority practice on housing service self-assessment and performance management as well as gather evidence to facilitate the drawing up of good practice guidance in this area.
Report presenting the findings of a review which was set up to assess whether services were adequately meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in Wales.
In particular, its aim was to discover how comprehensive, accessible and effective services were and whether robust mechanisms were in place for managing service delivery and improvement.
Report on the first year of grading results gives valuable information about the quality of care services across Scotland. The results set baselines against which future years can be compared and judged.
Podcast of a talk by Sandy Cameron, Chair, Performance Improvement Change Programme and Director of Parole Board, Scotland, given at the "What has Changing Lives changed?" conference, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, 03/03/2009.
Document giving guidance to local authorities and their health agency partners in England on carrying out their functions in regard to the promotion of co-operation to improve the well-being of children and young people and the making of arrangements to ensure they take account of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when discharging their duties.
Guide produced by SWIA to enable local authority social work services to undertake self-evaluations in order to improve service performance and outcomes for those who use services.
Report of a research project which aimed to provide a better understanding of the administrative workload of mental health workers. It sheds some light on the more complex questions about administrative processes and shows where small changes may make processes more effective.