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Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

Question your current thinking on evidence and innovation, and reflect upon how you might use both to improve practice.
Published: 
March 2014

Weaving innovation and evidence together

two people weaving thread together, one is innovation the other is evidence

Webwatch, April 2014
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April 2014

Pearltrees is a creative and visual way to save and manage your favourite websites or ‘pearls’ as they are known. ‘Pearls’ - websites, files, photos and notes - can be saved and organised into what’s known as ‘pearltrees’. These ‘trees’ can be created and organised around subjects of interest. For example, you may have an interest in photography and want to save lots of interesting websites, blogs, photos on the topic. Using Pearltrees it’s simple.

Project report
Published: 
April 2014

Background

KEY Community Supports operates throughout Scotland to provide support for people with disabilities. KEY had approached IRISS for suggestions about how they might deliver training and advice to its support workers at the point where support is delivered. 

Building a culture of innovation where staff ideas, empowerment, and leadership drive change and improvement
Published: 
March 2014

Webwatch, March 2014
Published: 
March 2014

The Care Inspectorate, the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care services in Scotland, has launched The Hub, a website that provides access to resources aimed at supporting improvement in social services and social care through the use and sharing of intelligence and research-led practice. A fully accessible website, the content is provided in three categories: knowledge, innovation and improvement. 

A briefing exploring how to achieve a good quality of life for older people with high support needs
Published: 
March 2014

Introduction

A Better Life was a major five year programme of work developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which explored how to achieve a good quality of life for older people with high support needs. This briefing has been produced by IRISS to ensure that the messages and challenges of A Better Life are understood in the context of the current policy drivers in Scotland and are translated into practice across the country.

IRISS Insights, No 25

Key points

  • Loneliness and isolation are common problems amongst older people in Scotland and have a profound detrimental effect on many aspects of health and wellbeing.
  • Tackling loneliness and isolation is inherently preventative in terms of delaying or avoiding the need for more intensive support.
  • While the evidence around which interventions are most effective in alleviating loneliness and isolation
Webwatch, February 2014
Published: 
February 2014

If you often need to collect feedback on an event, create a noticeboard, take notes, brainstorm ideas or make lists, then take a look at Padlet. It enables the creation of a ‘wall’ or web space where you can post text, photos and videos, and then invite others - colleagues, clients, friends - to do the same, working collaboratively to create content. And it’s really easy to get started and use - you don’t even have to create an account!

IRISS Insights, No 24
Published: 
February 2014

Key Points

Webwatch, January 2014
Published: 
January 2014

Robert McKee, a screenwriter and lecturer, is quoted as saying ‘Stories are how we remember, we tend to forget lists and bullet points’. We all at some time have been subjected to busy and / or illegible Powerpoint slides at events, without really taking any learning away from them. Stories are different. It can be argued that the art of telling and listening to stories is at the heart of what it means to be human, how we articulate our experiences of the world and and make sense of it.