evidence-informed practice

EPPI-Centre: evidence library

Provides systematic reviews of research evidence across a range of different topic areas and provides support for others who are undertaking systematic reviews or using research evidence. A large number of systematic reviews in the fields of education including initial teacher education (ITE), health promotion and public health are available.

Managing contact for children outside of parental care

Podcast of a talk by Robin Sen from the Glasgow School of Social Work on the subject of managing contact for children outside of parental care, and the challenges and possibilities involved.

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.

Why (not) Research Practice?

Podcast from the Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar, 5 June 2008. Professor Joan Orme discusses the importance of research in practice for social work development.

Getting It Right for Every Child : messages from research

Getting It Right for Every Child is an integrated system of getting the right help to children at the right time in their lives through agencies working together to provide a coherent, evidence based system of assessment, planning and recording. It aims to cut down bureaucracy and help children get the service they need when they need it. It is founded on understanding how children develop to reach their full potential and the fundamental value of children's and families' participation in assessment and planning.

Parent-training/education programmes in the management of children with conduct disorders (NICE technology appraisal guidance 102)

Guidance intended to assist health and social care professionals who are involved in dealing with parents of children with conduct disorders. It advises on all aspects of organising and running education programmes for parents.

Working with families affected by parental substance misuse: a research review 

This report has been produced under the auspices of the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN). SCCPN aims to increase access to and use of research evidence in practice. The review has been undertaken in response to practitioners who have requested more information on what makes for best practice in working with families where parental substance misuse is a factor. It has also been undertaken in response to a brief set out by the Scottish Government (2008) in The Road to Recovery, the most recent strategy on drugs.

Types and quality of knowledge in social care

This review is the first stage of a project looking at the evidence-base for social care. The knowledge review identifies the main types of research, experience and wisdom that combine to form the social care knowledge base and proposes a framework for assessing the quality of knowledge of any type.

Developing the evidence base for social work and social care practice

This report is intended to influence policy about the future and funding of social care research. It argues that modernisation requires a research infrastructure capable of shifting the basis of social care towards evidence-based policy and practice; the infrastructure should comprise a research workforce, funding and national, strategic priorities; and currently no such infrastructure exists to support social work and social care.