research and evaluation

Safeguarding adults: report on the consultation on the review of No Secrets

This is a report on the Consultation on the Review of the No Secrets guidance. It is about safeguarding adults. It describes how the consultation took place and it analyses the responses received. It summarises the views of some 12,000 people. It does not include a government response.

Evidence based research (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on evidence based research. The government has been strongly committed to evidence-based policy and practice. It wants to use evidence of what works to inform and drive ambitious and innovative social programmes. Issues surrounding how evidence-based research is used and whether policy is based on evidence or informed by it.

Mind changers : Programme 1 : Solomon Asch (Radio 4 series: Landmark experiments in psychology)

The first programme in the series looks at the American social psychologist Solomon Asch and his studies on conformity in the 1950s. Claudia Hammond investigates the reasons for conformity and asks whether we're more or less likely to conform today.

Councils adapt ICS to unlock its potential

The authors, from Dorset Council, explain how they are trying to get the best out of the Integrated Children's System despite its limitations. The ICS was intended to enable a single consistent approach to case-based information gathering, case planning, case aggregation and case reviews. As such, the easily generated and clear reports would help social workers collect, organise, analyse and retrieve information.

Research into Private Fostering

This research into private fostering was commissioned by the DCSF and carried out by a team from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). The purpose of the research was to inform the DCSF Advisory Group on Private Fostering in making its recommendations to Ministers on increasing notifications of private fostering arrangements.

Alzheimer's disease: unravelling the mystery

This resource was written for people with Alzheimer's Disease (AD), their family members, friends, and caregivers, and anyone else interested in AD.

Video decision support tool for advance care planning in dementia: randomised controlled trial

Briefly reports on the findings of a study which aimed to evaluate the effect of a video decision support tool on the preferences for future medical care in older people if they develop advanced dementia, and the stability of those preferences after six weeks.

Substance use during pregnancy: time for policy to catch up with research

The purpose of this review is to summarize policy research findings in the area of maternal prenatal substance abuse to (1) inform and advance this field, (2) identify future research needs, (3) inform policy making and (4) identify implications for policy. As a review, this is a systematic analysis of existing data (findings) on maternal drug use during pregnancy for determining the best policy among the alternatives for dealing with drug using mothers and their children.

Older people’s attitudes to automatic awards of Pension Credit

This research looks at older people’s attitudes to the principle of automating parts of the Pension Credit awards process. Three key advantages to automation are highlighted: its capacity to raise awareness of entitlement, its ability to reduce perceptions of stigma, and its convenience. Although the study also reveals concerns about automation, such as privacy, these were rarely felt to be insurmountable and the advantages were generally thought to outweigh them.

Parenting and the different ways it can affect children's lives: research evidence

Policy-makers and commentators often blame ‘bad parenting’ for children and young people’s troublesome behaviour. What can research tell us about the influence of parenting, especially the parent-child relationships in millions of ‘ordinary’ families? This report includes research based on the perspectives of mothers, fathers and children themselves. They were commissioned by the JRF to inform its own Parenting Research and Development programme.