Reports, project outcomes, articles and other documents.

Self-directed support: a voyage of discovery

Evidence explorers project report

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 fordelivering social care, self-directed support (SDS) will bring significant new challenges and evidence needs.

Capacity building for mobile learning

Simple and accessible tools to help you create, find and share learning materials

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.

Social Assets in Action: Evaluation Report

Commissioned by IRISS, East Dunbartonshire CHP and East Dunbartonshire Council

The Project aimed to incorporate strength-based practice in the delivery of mental health services by piloting Personal Asset Mapping, and to broaden awareness of community assets in order to show options outside of public service delivery including through developing a Community Well-being (asset) Map. This was intended to complement rather than replace attention to the needs of people who use services.

Social Services Expo and Conference 2013: Resources

Presentations and documents

This event was held on 19th March 2013 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh and was a collaboration between, ADSW, Care Inspectorate, COSLA, IRISS, SASW, SSSC and The Scottish Government

Understanding and measuring outcomes

The role of qualitative data

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.

This is where it starts

Eight case studies of work with children and parents in the early years

Learning from eight case studies of work with children and parents in the early years (pre-birth to eight years old).

Improving research use in the third sector: project report

Improving research use in the third sector

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.

Pre-project research use at Apex Scotland

Improving research use in the third sector

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.

Lessons learnt summary - improving use of research in the third sector: a journey with Apex Scotland

Improving research use in the third sector

This summary describes the findings from a project to improve research use in Apex Scotland, and to share the learning with others. There are specific reflections likely to be of interest for other third sector organisations and for academics. Further details about this project, including a report about the project, can be found on the Improving research use in the third sector: Project report.