evidence-informed practice

Getting evidence into action to improve Scotland's public services

Working paper which is one of a series that What Works is publishing to share evidence, learning and ideas about public service reform in Scotland.

Evidence for success: the guide to getting evidence and using it

Guide that responds to a demand amongst third sector organisations for guidance on how to use evidence to influence policyand practice. In summer 2013, the KTN conducted an online survey amongst a range of organisations across Scotland to better understand how they currently generate and use evidence.

New directions in evidence-based policy research: a critical analysis of the literature

Despite 40 years of research into evidence-based policy (EBP) and a continued drive from both policymakers and researchers to increase research uptake in policy, barriers to the use of evidence are persistently identified in the literature. However, it is not clear what explains this persistence – whether they represent real factors, or if they are artefacts of approaches used to study EBP. Based on an updated review, this paper analyses this literature to explain persistent barriers and facilitators.

Contemporary issues in the public management of social services in Europe

Paper that aims to look at the potential of research methodologies to test a social policy intervention or social service models. It takes a particular interest in the evaluation of cost- effectiveness, impact and transferability. Research evidence is absolutely vital for social work, yet there are barriers at the interface between research and practice:

Ecosynergy Group Ltd

Ecosynergy Group, a research for development centre, has partnered with the Fast Track Inclusion Trust to produce a number of peer-learning resources based on applied research projects conducted in New Zealand.

Topics range from building resilience, developing new micro-enterprise initiatives to raising children with disabilities.

Evidence exchange: learning from social policy across the UK

Report that considers evidence from a survey of almost 500 policy makers and practitioners on how evidence is currently used, demand for more and better evidence and levels of interest in learning more from their counterparts in other parts of the UK.

The recent move to establish a series of thematic What Works Centres, including one in Scotland in 2014, offers a rare opportunity to improve the quality of evidence available.

Exploring the relationships between evidence and innovation in the context of Scotland’s social services

Report that uses theoretical, empirical and practice literatures and case studies to reflect on the links between evidence and innovation in the context of Scotland’s social services.  It bridges two of the core work streams at The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS); evidence-informed practice and innovation and improvement.

Child death reviews: improving the use of evidence

Report of a survey of Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) across England around handling of information about child deaths, actions and recommendations resulting from reviews and how to make better use of information collected by CDOPs.

Centre for Effective Services: knowledge exchange

Section of Centre for Effectiveness Services website that includes key research findings, government publications and policies, media coverage concerning children, young people, families and community (CYPFC) issues.