research and evaluation

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Systematic mapping is a transparent technique for describing research literature on a broad topic. It allows us to take stock of the research available in any given area of social care, so that we can decide how to develop it. A map provides both a searchable database for researchers and policy makers, and a stand-alone piece of work describing the literature on that topic.

In January 2005, the Social Work Services Policy Division of the Scottish Executive commissioned the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) to undertake research to understand why social work students are undertaking the new social work degree and the postgraduate degree. This resource outlines the key findings of this research.

Integrating organisations and services is a daunting task and there is plenty of evidence that outcomes can be poor if services are delivered in a fragmented way to people who need access to care. With that in mind, Government has placed a duty of partnership on the main statutory bodies and integration remains a major aspect of its ‘modernisation’ plans for public services.

This report forms part of the Families and Children Strategic Analysis Programme (FACSAP) and details analyses carries out using a number of national surveys in order to examine the characteristics of those families that are in debt, as well as the extent and nature of their financial difficulties.

This report is a further analysis from the national survey of the mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain in 1999.

The main aim of it is to present prevalence rates of self-harm among children and adolescents aged 5-15 in England, Scotland and Wales during the first half of 1999.

A guide for voluntary sector social services organisations to qualifications for: Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Continuous Professional Development and Lifelong learning.

In the UK, political initiatives have encouraged the greater use of adoption as a solution to the care of children who cannot live with their birth families. This drive for 'permanence' has been welcomed by many, but has also given rise to debate. Where children have lingered uncertainly and for too long in the care system, 'permanence' is clearly the top priority. But not all children need the same solution. They may be 'children who wait', but they may not be waiting specifically for adoption.

The overall aim of this review was to establish the effectiveness of SDF in delivering its aims and objectives, in particular the extent to which it provides value for money in respect of funding received from the Scottish Government; and to evaluate the current and future capacity of the organisation to deliver value for money in light of the new strategic approach to tackling drug use in Scotland.

Document that presents findings from a literature review conducted as part of a larger research study to examine the nature and effectiveness of current drug education practice in Scottish schools.

The research is being conducted to help identify what more needs to be done to promote effective school drug education in Scotland.