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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
A set of case studies, produced for Iriss by the Institute of Public Care, on initiatives, which through detailed costings, have been shown to be cost effective.
The eight case studies include:
- Shared lives
- Extra-care housing
- Health in mind
- LinkAge Plus
- Care and repair
- Self assessment
- Individual budgets
- Southwark Hospital discharge.
Being innovative is not a detached activity to be undertaken once and never to be repeated again
Innovation is not only for small organisations that can react quickly, or large organisations that invest vast quantities of money in developing ideas. An innovative organisation is a place where new ideas are embraced and praised, where old ideas and traditional approaches are freely challenged and adapted, and where failure is tolerated and learnt from. Sounds simple.