Reports

Reports, project outcomes, articles and other documents.

Redesigning support for care leavers

Exploring the use of co-productive methods to collaboratively design and improve leaving care services

Work-shopping service design

Final report of a project that brought together care leavers in Argyll and Bute with their corporate parents (throughcare and aftercare, social work, health, homelessness and education services), to explore what a co-productive approach could look like in the social work sector.

Designs for the future

Iriss strategy 2012–2015

Iriss is a third sector organisation, promoting positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services. Our focus is on supporting the social services workforce to create positive change through research, creativity and innovation.

Designs for the future (PDF) sets out Iriss's planned strategy for the period 2012-15

Decision-making and social work in Scotland

The role of evidence and practice wisdom

This report presents the results of a small qualitative study undertaken between February and March 2011. It considers the role of evidence in decision making around risk in social work and what affects this process.

The research aims to shed light on the relationship between evidence and practice wisdom (as an evidence type or integrating vehicle) or professional judgement, and how this relationship shapes decision making.

Experiences of the young people in community research

Speak Out magazine article

An article written by Who Cares? Scotland and the young people involved in the community research project Working with young people, which evaluated Who Cares? Scotland's advocacy services in two local authority areas. The article talks about the young people's experience of the project and what they gained from their involvement.

Young people's research findings

Working with young people

A presentation of their research findings by the young people involved in the community research project Working with young people, which evaluated Who Cares? Scotland's advocacy services in two local authority areas.

Working with young people

Community research

A report detailing our experience and outcomes of a community research project working with young people who were, or had been, in care to design and run their own research. The project evaluated Who Cares? Scotland's advocacy services in two local authority areas. As a result of the research Who Cares? Scotland agreed to consider certain changes and improvements to their services.

Ecology of judgement in child welfare and protection

Report of a full-day seminar entitled, The ecology of judgement in child welfare and protection, which was held at the University of Stirling on the 19th October, 2010. The event was part funded by Iriss and organised by the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN).

The future for personalisation? Service users, carers and digital engagement

A report for Iriss from Shirley Ayres, Aspire Knowledge

This study examines the relevance of social media to the development of personalised social care in general, and to self-directed support in particular. It examines the evolution of online marketplaces and describes some interesting and innovative ways in which social media is being used to find and exchange information about goods and services.