Reports, articles and other documents published by IRISS.
At times of change and uncertainty, evidence becomes very important to build confidence about how to put policy into practice. Although some relevant evidence exists, as it becomes the mainstream mechanism for
delivering social care, self-directed support (SDS) will bring significant new challenges and evidence needs.
During 2012-13 IRISS, in partnership with the SSSC ran a series of workshops for people involved in designing or delivering learning.
The Knowledge Management Strategy for the social services recognises that web-based tools — social bookmarking, Twitter, newsfeeds, Google search and Facebook — are now widely used for communication, collaboration and learning.
Building web-based tools and techniques into your daily routine requires little or no technical skill and most are suprisingly easy to master. Because these tools tend to be classed as 'social media', their use in the workplace is frequently restricted if not barred. But, as noted in a report commissioned by the Carnegie UK Trust (Charman-Anderson, S, 2010) social media is experiential:
it is difficult to fully understand social tools until one has participated and experienced them for oneself. Unlike basic computing skills, such as word processing or spreadsheet manipulation, the core understanding required to make good use of social technologies is cultural, not procedural.
These workshops offered the hands-on practical experience and encouragement that people need if they are to exploit the potential of social media. In fact, in the context of learning and development, we prefer the term 'personal knowledge management' to social media:
People who can seek new information, make sense of it, and share it with their colleagues, will be an asset to any work team. However, they need access to their learning networks while at work, and this is often a challenge. Reduce these barriers, and support PKM [Personal Knowledge Management] practices, and the organization will benefit.
(Harold Jarche: Supporting workplace learning http://www.jarche.com/2012/08/supporting-workplace-learning/)
We introduced tools for finding, creating, organising and sharing web-based resources: RSS news feeds, social bookmarking and Twitter; Audioboo, Garageband and Soundcloud to create and share podcasts; and Youtube and Vimeo for video sharing.iTunes U offers interesting possibillities for creating and sharing courses via iPhones and iPads.
The intention, however, was not to provide detailed instruction in the use of these specific tools but rather to introduce new ways of doing the things we have always done (find,create, organise, list and share information), leaving participants stimulated and confident to try out new tools and use their own creativity.
If you have an iPhone or iPad you can find the course outline and links to further resources on Itunes U. The enrol code is EFB-PYK-WW2. Follow this link on your iPhone or iPad https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/enroll/EFB-PYK-WW2
To create courses for iTunes U sign up to Course Manager https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/coursemanager/
Please contact us if you would like to find out more about building these tools into your daily work.
This is the evaluation report of the 2012 ‘Social Assets in Action Project’, led by IRISS, East Dunbartonshire CHP and East Dunbartonshire Council, with support from the Third Sector. The report may be of particular interest to those concerned with a focus on strengths in professional practice as distinct from promoting a focus on assets in community development.
This guide 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.
This report is about a Public Social Partnership (PSP) pilot in Falkirk, which focused on foster care services. Public Social Partnerships (PSP) are an innovative model of public service delivery, which is based upon the public sector and third sector working together to design and deliver public services.
Happy New Year 2013 !!
We hope you had a wonderful festive season. To celebrate our achievements and give you a flavour of the work we have been involved in over 2012, we have pulled together some of the highlights of the year.
This overview report explores learning from seven case studies of work with children and parents in the early years (pre-birth to eight years old). The case studies are based on in-depth interviews with those working with children and parents in the early years to uncover what professionals perceive supports positive outcomes, early intervention and prevention.
This project report details the process and findings of a project to improve research use in the third sector undertaken between July 2011 - July 2012, funded by the ESRC (RES-173-27-0231).The project involved undertaking an audit of research use prior to the project, undertaking a range of activities aimed at improving research use across the organisation and evaluating the impact of these different activities.
This report details the use of research across Apex Scotland and identifies ideas about where improvements can be made. This report represents a baseline picture of research use at the beginning of a project, funded by Apex Scotland and the ESRC. The project is focused on improving the use of research throughout Apex Scotland, and drawing wider lessons from this about how research use can be improved across the third sector