Supporting Peer Support

Thoughts for people wishing to set up, run or participate in a peer support group

Report that is drawn from lessons learned during the facilitation of Evaluation Exchange.

Evaluation Exchange was a time-limited peer support network created by Iriss and Evaluation Support Scotland. It aimed to help organisations in the social services sector to learn from and support each other to undertake evaluations of the services and support they provide to individuals in Scotland.

Evaluation Exchange report

Building capacity to self-evaluate

Evaluation Exchange was set up by Iriss working in partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). We brought together a group of practitioners from social services sector with a real self-evaluation project to undertake. We wanted the participants to assist each other to plan and/or undertake the evaluation and build their capacity to self-evaluate. We were also interested in learning about and sharing 'what works' in peer support for self-evaluation.

Self directed support: follow-up evaluation of SDS test sites in Scotland

Iriss.fm, episode 34

Self directed support in Scotland. The 10-year national plan for self-directed support aims to bring SDS into the mainstream of social care and increase the number of people directing their own support. In 2009, the Scottish Government selected three local authorities - Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway and Highland - to act as test sites.

Apex Scotland workshops

Improving research use in the third sector

Below are slides from two workshops conducted as part of a project with Apex Scotland to help improve their research use, and develop wider lessons about supporting research use for third sector organisations. Further details of the project can be found here: Improving research use in the third sector.

How action research can help to deliver better services (video)

Creative storyboard

This storyboard (animated video) aims to explain what action research is and how it can help to improve public services. It uses the example of Cedar (Children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) to talk through how action research can be useful and offers some hints and tips for those thinking about undertaking action research themselves.

Living well with long term conditions: what next for social care? - Jim McCormick

Long term conditions and social care dialogue event

Dr Jim McCormick became Scotland Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in November 2007 and was previously director of independent think-tank the Scottish Council Foundation (SCF) for five years. He is co-founder of a research partnership, McCormick-McDowell, and an Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) Research Associate. His main professional interests include tackling poverty, schools reform and policies for older people.

Health inequalities - Kathryn MacIver

Scottish Conference on Inclusive Learning Disability Research

Kathryn MacIver.

Recorded at the Scottish Conference on Inclusive Learning Disability Research.