evidence-informed practice

Research, Policy and Planning: the journal of the Social Services Research Group

Since its first issue in 1986 the Social Services Research Group’s journal Research Policy and Planning has been one of the key research journals in the personal social services.

The journal is devoted to publishing work by researchers and practitioners in local and central government, other statutory authorities and voluntary agencies.

Leading the way: the distinctive contribution of the not-for-profit sector in social care (Paper 2: innovation)

One of three related papers which explore the distinctive contribution which the not-for-profit sector makes to social care. It explores the importance of innovation in the design, delivery and funding of services, andshows how the not-for-profit sector is responding effectively to the need for new approaches to the delivery of social care.

Leading the way: the distinctive contribution of the not-for-profit sector in social care (Paper 1: people)

One of three related papers which explore the distinctive contribution which the not-for-profit sector makes to social care. It explores the importance of an effective and committed workforce in delivering good quality care, and shows how the not-for-profit sector is leading the way in developing sustainable policy and best practice.

Why we need to create a 'Nice for social policy'

Paper that outlines why there is a need to explore the need for a centre – or a network of evidence centres – which will help to institutionalise evidence in the decision making process.

Qualitative methods overview: improving the evidence base for adult social care practice

Review that provides an introduction to the different ways in which qualitative research has been used in social care and some of the reasons why it has been successful in identifying under-researched areas, in documenting the experiences of people using services, carers, and practitioners, and in evaluating new types of service or intervention.

Training, support and development standards for foster care: evidence workbook

Workbook to be used in conjunction with the Training, Support and Development Standards: guidance. It provides a single place to capture evidence against the standards.

Asset based approaches to health improvement

Briefing that aims to answer the questions: what is an asset based approach to health improvement?; what level of evidence informs this approach?; who is advocating the use of this approach and what steps are being taken to use it in Scotland?; what tools and techniques are available to apply the approach?; and how can asset approaches be evaluated?

Report 23: a review of knowledge management and evidence-based practice activities and networks in adult social care in the North West of England

The purpose of this report is to review existing knowledge management and evidence-based practice activities and networks in the North West region and to develop a regional strategy for taking this forward. Time and resources are often wasted because people develop methods over and over again, rather than sharing what they know through reliable local, regional, national and international networks.

SCIE report 17: the kinds and quality of social work research in UK universities

This report is part of a programme of work by SCIE, the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education and the Economic and Social Research Council to develop evidence-based social care by strengthening one of its core disciplines: social work research. The report proposes a framework for assessing the nature and quality of social work research in universities in the UK, and provides a reference point for building research capacity in social work. Report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in June 2007.

SCIE report 11: ESRC research, social work and social care

This report looks at what contribution ESRC research programmes make - and might make - to the knowledge base for social work and social care. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the largest single UK funder of social science research. Its role has been significantly expanded in recent years with a view to reinforcing the contribution made by social science to evidence-based policy and practice. Report published by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in December 2004.