qualitative research

Understanding and measuring outcomes: the role of qualitative data

Guide that has been developed to support the collection and use of personal outcomes data. Personal outcomes data refers to information gathered from people supported by health and social services and their unpaid carers about what's important to them in their lives and the ways in which they would like to be supported. The guide is divided into three parts.

Part 1 explores the links between an outcomes approach and qualitative data, why qualitative data is important and what it can achieve.

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.

Young Digital

Web resource for anyone with an interest in using digital media for research, consultation or participation activities with children and young people.

It contains information and advice about:

  • the technical aspects of using digital media in research with children
  • some of the methods that are available
  • ethical issues and how to deal with them
  • analysis and dissemination with digital media
  • involving young people as co-producers.

Bereavement benefits: findings from qualitative research

Report that presents findings from research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to explore the role and impact of bereavement benefits on different types of recipients. The research used a qualitative approach, involving 60 face-to-face interviews with benefit recipients.

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.

SCIE report 3: using evidence from diverse research designs

This report provides a number of examples of research that are deliberately or inadvertently developing methods for synthesising evidence from diverse sources. It is a part of a larger SCIE programme of work focused on using knowledge in social care. It provides a partial picture of methodological work synthesising evidence from research using diverse research designs. It looks at work both on the synthesis of qualitative evidence and on the synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence.

A summative report on the qualitative evaluation on the eleven remodelling social work pilots 2008-11

The social work remodelling project was a pilot programme developed to allow authorities to explore different ways of delivering social work practice. Local authorities were provided with additional resources to attempt to address the deficits they identified in delivering an effective social work offer to children and their families.

Drinking repertoires and habits amongst 15-17s: an integrated complementary qualitative and quantitative understanding

Study of the the incidence and frequency of drinking in the 15 to 17 age group, and the motivations and occasions for drinking, including the role availability of alcohol through different channels plays.

Disabled people's costs of living

It is well known that disabled people face additional costs to enable them to meet their needs. However, there has been no clear evidence about the true extent of these costs. This research, conducted by the Centre for Research in Social Policy with the support of Disability Alliance, presents budget standards for groups of disabled people who have different needs arising from physical or sensory impairments.