Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)
This report uses theoretical, empirical and practice literatures and case studies to reflect on the links between evidence and innovation in the context of Scotland’s social services. It bridges two of the core work streams at The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS); evidence-informed practice and innovation and improvement.
Members of the Pilotlight co-design team in Moray discuss the pathway to self-directed support for people with mental health problems. It was recorded on 31 October at the IRISS annual Champions event 2013.
Presentation by Lisa Burton on the integration of health and social care at Inverclyde Council. It was recorded on 30 October 2013 at the IRISS annual Champions event.
Busy modern life can make it difficult to remember everything. And there always seems to be quite a lot to remember, not only in our daily working lives, but also in our private lives. It can be an endless stream of paper to-do lists, notes and ideas tucked into bags, coat pockets, on desks - anywhere to make it easier to remember! However, a web tool that can help put paper lists to bed is Evernote. Evernote provides an easy and effective way to manage notes and ideas using one tool.
For the last four years, IRISS has been involved in creating a daily social services news feed and email newsletter. We like to keep up to date with what’s new in social media and are very open to using it to improve how we do things. And our news service has evolved over time. Until Google killed it off in July 2013 were using Google Reader, a tool for reading news feeds (or RSS as it is often called).
The evidence This IRISS Insight reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care. However, many of the issues explored here have similarities to the experience of adults supported by social services and carers, so the Insight may also be of interest beyond those working with children.
IRISS worked with East Lothian Council for nine months between October 2012 and July 2013 to help facilitate their Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and Child Protection Quality Improvement Sub-group (hereafter known as ‘the group’). This was a multi-agency group, consisting of representatives from Children’s Wellbeing Social Work, Child Protection, Education, Health, the third sector (specifically Children 1st) and the Police.
An animated guide produced as part of the Embedding Innovation project.
Since 2010, the Innovation and Improvement programme at IRISS has worked with several partners to develop and test innovative ways of working, as well as develop service innovations designed to improve care and support. In 2012-13 we continued to work with partners to embed the learning from these projects in practice.
Embedding ideas is an animated guide to frameworks, tools and practical examples that will help you grow your own ideas.
Skills for Care (SfC), The Baring Foundation and Creative & Cultural Skills, commissioned UK-wide research exploring the role of arts in the delivery of adult social care with a particular emphasis of workforce development. We've produced this visual story to give you a flavour of the key messages from the report.
Report that is drawn from lessons learned during the facilitation of Evaluation Exchange.
Evaluation Exchange was a time-limited peer support network created by IRISS and Evaluation Support Scotland. It aimed to help organisations in the social services sector to learn from and support each other to undertake evaluations of the services and support they provide to individuals in Scotland.