Confidence through evidence toolkit

Making better use of evidence in social services
Published on 1 Jan 2011

A web-based tool that supports you to find and use research evidence by:

  • Highlighting the factors that influence how and to what extent research evidence is used in service management and planning
  • Providing busy staff with helpful shortcuts to useful sources of research
  • Helping individuals to identify and overcome some of the barriers to Evidence-informed Practice
  • Providing examples of how Evidence-informed Practice has improved outcomes

What can this tool be used for?

Support you to make better use of evidence.

How do you use it?

The toolkit is organised into four general areas of guidance: acquire, assess, adapt and apply. While these steps follow a logical sequence, they have been designed in a way that allows them to be accessed independently of each other.

In each area you will be asked a number of reflective questions relating to evidence use that will guide you to resources designed to improve your skills and confidence in using evidence in practice.

The vast majority of resources are freely available online. Wherever possible, resources are both recent and aimed at social services managers or practitioners in the UK. Some resources have not been specifically developed for this audience, but nonetheless contain relevant content and transferable messages.

Outcomes of using this tool

It is anticipated that this tool improves your skills and confidence when acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying evidence.