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Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

Developing social care and support
Published: 
July 2014

This guide highlights elements that need to be considered when running an experience lab, and how this methodology could be evaluated. Two supporting case studies (1 and 2) are also available which explore the experiences of those involved.

NES Chief Executive Malcolm Wright
Published: 
August 2014

The social use of knowledge is an important strand of the Knowledge into Action strategy which aims to make finding and using knowledge a routine part of everyday work. By social use of knowledge we mean the tools, techniques and skills that connect people so that they can share experience and find ways of applying knowledge.

IRISS Director Alison Petch
Published: 
August 2014

The knowledge management strategy for the social services highlights the vital role of social media and urges organisations to encourage and nurture the innovative use of web-based interactive tools for communication, collaboration and learning.

IRISS Director Alison Petch introduces a new animation from NES and IRISS which dispels some of the myths about social media, showing how easy it is try things out and decide what works for for the individual

Experience lab, case study 2
Published: 
July 2014

Context

Positive Prisons? Positive Futures (PPPF) is a Scottish Charity that uses its collective experience of the criminal justice system, to benefit others still within the system, or shortly after release.

Experience lab, case study 1
Published: 
July 2014

Context

South Lanarkshire is moving from a day care centre service delivery model (where daily activities are provided), to a model that supports and facilitates individuals with learning difficulties to access lifestyle choices that they want and need in the community. This change is complex due to the amount of people involved: people who access support, their families and carers, social workers, and day care centre managers and staff, who all have different expertise, skills and perceptions. It also involves changes to existing cultures, service processes and working practices.

Webwatch, July 2014
Published: 
July 2014

Playlist for Life bases its work on the premise that music is for everyone and that it can be used as a powerful tool to improve the lives of people with dementia, either in the early or advanced stages. It encourages families and other caregivers to offer people with dementia a thoughtfully compiled and personal playlist of music that has been meaningful to them during their life. This is delivered on an mp3 media player device such as an iPod. Playlist for Life can be used in home and residential settings.

Published: 
June 2014

IRISS, in partnership with Coalition of Care and Support Providers (CCPS), commissioned research to understand how Scotland’s third sector care and support workforce is being affected by the welfare reforms introduced in 2012.

The report focuses on how welfare reform is affecting service demand and delivery of third sector social care and support services including: the impact on staff roles, welfare and wellbeing; and the impact on staff training needs.

Innovation is not a practice reserved for ‘the creative’ or ‘the experts’. You innovate all the time…
Published: 
June 2014

Michael Johansson art installation Tetris

Webwatch, June 2014
Published: 
June 2014

On 12 June 2014, the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) launched its Write to Recovery website at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The launch forms part of the organisation’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. It was a very inspiring day that featured guest speakers, Linda Gillard, an acclaimed, self-published fiction writer who spoke about the importance of writing in her recovery journey; and Robin Ross, a man who has experienced some ‘serious life challenges’ speak about how he has managed to turn his life around through writing and telling his story.

People who can seek new information, make sense of it, and share it with their colleagues will be an asset to any work team
Published: 
May 2014