Attitudes and approaches to evidence, innovation and improvement in social services in Scotland

Published on 15 Sep 2010

The Iriss has three programmes through which it delivers its work: evidence-informed practice, innovation and improvement, and knowledge media. Iriss wished to conduct research to examine attitudes, approaches, use and barriers to innovation and improvement and evidence-informed practice in the sector which could be used as a baseline for future research to track and monitor attitudinal change. The objectives of the research were to:

  • Provide a baseline for two workstreams (innovation and improvement and evidence-informed practice) to understand attitudes and approaches to innovation and improvement and evidence-informed practice
  • Provide a baseline for future research to understand attitudinal trends over the forthcoming three years
  • Provide a detailed understanding of the current status of the social services sector in Scotland in the use of evidence-informed practice, innovative practices and making improvements to services
  • Provide insights into barriers that stop individuals from innovating and improving services
  • Highlight areas where Iriss programmes could influence or make an impact.