Evidence-based policy and practice increasingly demands the use of research as a key tool to improve practice. However, little research can be directly applied to practice, many practitioners aren't equipped to digest research and appropriate support systems are lacking. What is needed is a better understanding of the relationship between social care research and the work of social care practitioners, including what organisational structures are needed to enable the use of research.
research and evaluation
This learning object is one of a set of exercises and activities taken from the book 'Modern Social Work Practice' written by Mark Doel and Steven Shardlow. The meeting point of research and practice is one of the most fraught locations on the social work map. All too often, practitioners complain that research findings never tell them what they do not already know are matched by researchers' criticisms that practice is based on professional folk lore.
Integrating organisations and services is a daunting task and there is plenty of evidence that outcomes can be poor if services are delivered in a fragmented way to people who need access to care. With that in mind, Government has placed a duty of partnership on the main statutory bodies and integration remains a major aspect of its ‘modernisation’ plans for public services.
This report forms part of the Families and Children Strategic Analysis Programme (FACSAP) and details analyses carries out using a number of national surveys in order to examine the characteristics of those families that are in debt, as well as the extent and nature of their financial difficulties.
This report is a further analysis from the national survey of the mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain in 1999.
The main aim of it is to present prevalence rates of self-harm among children and adolescents aged 5-15 in England, Scotland and Wales during the first half of 1999.
In the UK, political initiatives have encouraged the greater use of adoption as a solution to the care of children who cannot live with their birth families. This drive for 'permanence' has been welcomed by many, but has also given rise to debate. Where children have lingered uncertainly and for too long in the care system, 'permanence' is clearly the top priority. But not all children need the same solution. They may be 'children who wait', but they may not be waiting specifically for adoption.
Document that presents findings from a literature review conducted as part of a larger research study to examine the nature and effectiveness of current drug education practice in Scottish schools.
The research is being conducted to help identify what more needs to be done to promote effective school drug education in Scotland.
The purpose of this study was to inform the DWP's approach to tackling fraud and error and find practical ways of improving the prompt reporting of changes in circumstances by benefit claimants, covering jobseekers' allowance, income support, housing and council tax benefit and pension credit and exploring awareness of the type of information that needs to be reported, when, which authority should be informed and other factors.