research methods

This report draws together the programme findings of 18 research projects about issues that older people have raised as central to their lives. The 18 projects covered: information, advice and advocacy; older people’s own definitions of quality; the needs of black and minority ethnic older people; unmet need; issues relating to involving older people; older people’s views on intermediate care; the importance of money; and older people’s definitions of comfortable healthy ageing and a ‘life worth living’.

The report is an analysis of responses to a consultation on investment in affordable housing. The consultation proposed a series of changes in the way that affordable housing would be delivered, designed to promote a leaner, better value for money approach to the way that affordable housing is procured by the Scottish Government.

Report presenting new perspectives on whole-family approaches to preventing and dealing with youth homelessness through relating parents' experiences of successful approaches to homelessness prevention and the views and experiences of key agencies working with families at risk.

This document A review of the use of offending behaviour programmes for people with mental health problems finds that many programmes are not adapted to the needs of people with mental health problems and that they fail to address the most common causes of offending, such as lack of a home and lack of a job.

Report of research which assessed ways in which voluntary organisations can work better with young refugees to further their self-development and improve their skills. The report aims to help voluntary organisations formulate a policy approach for young refugees.

Report describing a research study which aimed to assess the effect of employment on the health of individuals and identify the ways in which services, delivered both individually and collectively, have helped move people with health problems towards and into employment.

Summary of a research programme which looked into the attitudes and aspirations of young people on the margins of mainstream society. The research aimed to help policy makers and services respond better to the needs of disadvantaged young people.

Report of a study which examined the nature and provision of care by nurses and allied health professionals to children and young people with complex needs across Scotland.

Information was gathered from workforce development plans and a survey of practitioners to build up a picture of where children and young people receive care, the knowledge and skills required to provide that care and the challenges facing services.

Report of a mapping exercise of Scotland's services to young carers undertaken by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers between January and April 2009. The report summarises the key issues thrown up by the identification of the level of services to young carers across each of the local authority areas in Scotland and is intended as a tool to help local authorities and their partners review their service provision to young carers.

Resource produced by the DCSF to assist local authorities with their statutory duty to carry out research in order to assess parental demand for childcare in their area.