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About us

Our vision is for a Scotland where people and communities are supported to live the best life possible.


Iriss is a charity that works with social work and social care to create positive change in Scotland.

We have supported social work and social care in Scotland since 2008, bringing skills and expertise from a range of disciplines to our work. 

We know that being able to access and use knowledge (research, practice wisdom and life story experience), well can help practitioners to learn and develop their practice; improve organisational culture; and contribute to changing the system.

At Iriss we create and promote knowledge to ensure that those we work with have tools and resources to support better practice and to innovate. You can browse our resources, which include evidence summaries, case studies, a podcast, online courses and other learning materials.   

The steps to changing cultures, however, are more complex than simply having access to materials. This is why we work with, and support, people and organisations to make better use of knowledge to achieve change. 

Organisational cultures can struggle to support learning and innovation. It’s difficult to adopt, create and share innovative ideas when there is little space to reflect on practice, identify problems and come up with solutions. We provide the space, skills and tools to do this. An example is our work to improve and change case recording in East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and The Borders. 

Read more about how we can help.

The difference we want to make 

To realise our vision for people and communities to be supported to live the best life possible, we want those we work with to:

  • Have increased access to quality and accessible knowledge
  • Make better use of knowledge for learning and change
  • Be able to understand the information they collect; why they collect it and how
  • to make better use of it
  • Have the knowledge, confidence and support they need to change and innovate
  • Have the knowledge and support to build collaborations, solve complex problems and change their system
  • Make better use of digital to learn, develop and innovate

What we value

We partner with others to create knowledge that can be applied practically and thoughtfully to support better practice. We are committed to learning and developing our knowledge to benefit the sector.

We are open in sharing ideas, insight and knowledge. It matters that our resources are accessible and easy to use.

We work alongside people and workers to make change happen, and believe everyone brings expertise from their own experience. Core to our approach is understanding what matters to people, and respecting their rights and freedoms.

We are honest, ethical and fair in all our activities. We deliver on our promises and take the time to respond to those who engage with us.

We are curious and open to challenging ideas that help us explore new and better ways of doing and sharing our work. We ask questions, such as ‘Does this work’ or ‘Is there a better way?