Dr Sarah Wilson of the University of Stirling recently completed ESRC-finded research (Young People Creating Belonging: spaces, sounds and sights) into how young people who are looked after feel that they belong, or do not belong. The two-year project explored looked after people's sense of belonging (whether positive, negative or ambivalent) in domestic and other spaces.
IRISS is seeking two partners to test the process of using Social Service Labs as a prompt for innovation and improvement. A Lab is the name given to an environment where people involved in providing support can come together and try out new ways of working. This opportunity could be used in three different ways but we welcome other ideas. These ways include:
A new business year of project work is underway for 2013/14 and we would like to share more widely what we have planned.
This year we stick to the same themes: personalisation (self-directed support); prevention; and integration. All of IRISS's work is underpinned by the principle of embedding the use of knowledge, innovation and evidence in social services.
The ‘Building the Connections - Setting the agenda for joined-up Self-directed Support’ event took place on Wednesday 5th March 2013.
During 2012-13 IRISS, in partnership with the SSSC, ran a series of workshops for people involved in designing or delivering training. The series was entitled Capacity building for mobile learning.
The Knowledge Management Strategy for the social services recognises that web-based tools - social bookmarking, Twitter, news feeds, Google search and Facebook - are now widely used for communication, collaboration and learning.