research and evaluation

SCIE Research resource 03: SCIE Systematic mapping guidance (Draft)

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.

Integrated working : a guide

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.

Characteristics of families in debt and the nature of indebtedness

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.

Children and adolescents who try to harm, hurt or kill themselves

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.

Adoption of looked-after children (SCIE knowledge review 02)

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.

Literature review into the effectiveness of school drug education

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.

Reporting changes in circumstances: factors affecting the behaviours of benefit claimants

The purpose of this study was to inform the DWP's approach to tackling fraud and error and find practical ways of improving the prompt reporting of changes in circumstances by benefit claimants, covering jobseekers' allowance, income support, housing and council tax benefit and pension credit and exploring awareness of the type of information that needs to be reported, when, which authority should be informed and other factors.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation: tools to help organisations create, share and use research

This resource, provided by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation is a free online database of resources for health services organizations that wish to use research better. Each resource is gathered and assessed by the Foundation to help organizations find, assess, interpret, and apply research evidence to inform health system policy and management decisions. The resources are classified per various phases: 'acquire', 'assess', 'adapt', and 'apply' to ensure relevant tools are easily available for the user.