research methods

Children's views on advocacy

This report gives only children’s views of advocacy. Children and young people were asked for their views about advocacy in two different ways. Firstly, they were invited from different council areas and different sorts of services (such as children’s homes, residential special schools and foster care) to give their views. Secondly, some children and young people were invited to give their views by taking part in a web survey.

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) Evaluation of Recovery Approach

SAMH is recognised as the largest charitable organisation in Scotland in mental health services providing accommodation, support, information, training, 
employment, and day services. The organisation has expanded its services to work with those experiencing substance misuse and homelessness. 

SAMH commissioned an independent evaluation of its adoption of a  strategic recovery approach into the organisation, its ethos, services and partnerships. The evaluation assesses how the formation of the recovery team has impacted on SAMH changing to a recovery focussed organisation. 

Domestic abuse 2008/09: post campaign evaluation report

Report of a research project which aimed to evaluate the ongoing Scottish Government domestic abuse campaign in order to assess attitudes towards domestic abuse, ascertain perceptions of the status of domestic abuse victims, assess the effectiveness of the help available through various channels and examine spontaneous and prompted reaction to the creative elements of the media campaign.

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Annual Report 2007/08 - Changing for Children

This report presents information on children referred to the Reporter in the year 2007/08 and summarises The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) achievements and performance for the same period. The report also includes details of SCRA’s audited accounts for the 12 months to 31 March 2008.

Home Office Cannabis Potency Study 2008

Herbal cannabis and cannabis resin are the most widely-misused illicit substances in the UK. In 2006, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) reviewed the classification of cannabis. One of the recommendations was that a further study should be carried out to determine the market share of different types of cannabis and their potencies. The Home Office funded the project.

Disciplining children: research with parents in Scotland

This report presents the findings of research with parents relating to disciplining children. It was carried out between March and August 2002 when consideration was being given to changing the law in relation to physical discipline. The research was designed to provide information about attitudes and behaviours amongst parents in Scotland and had two main components.

No Boundaries : Tayside Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse Project : Final Research Report

This report presents the results of a secondary analysis of data collected for the Tayside Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse Project by a different research team. The secondary analysis was conducted by Dolev & Associates, with funding from the Scottish Government Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative. An attempt was made to identify depositional and organisational factors that shape the experiences of women who are affected by domestic abuse and their own substance misuse at each stage of their service use.

Breaking it down: developing whole-family approaches to youth homelessness

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.

A review of the use of offending behaviour programmes for people with mental health problems

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.

Starting over : young refugees talk about life in Britain

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.