There is an array of free resources that organisations funded by the Life Changes Trust and others can use to develop evidence-informed practice.
All the research and information signposted here are freely available online.
- Life Changes Trust Funding Evaluation Framework.
- Life Changes Trust Briefing on Insight and Evidence (forthcoming).
General Resources – Evidence understanding and use
- The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions the use of evidence in social policy and practice.
- The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions.
- Evaluation Support Scotland Evaluation Pathway.
- HM Treasury: The Magenta Book is the central guidance for all UK government departments on evaluation.
- IRISS Confidence through Evidence Toolkit designed to help social services staff Acquire, Assess, Adapt and Apply evidence in your practice.
- Knowledge Translation Network Evidence for Success: the guide to getting evidence and using it.
- The Cabinet Office Quality in Qualitative Evaluation: A framework for assessing research evidence.
General Resources – Evidence banks
- The Learning Exchange: IRISS Evidence Informed Practice Collection. This is a valuable portal to curated collections of research and other resources, including a collection on Dementia.
- Open University Module: Finding information on health and lifestyle provides an introduction to identifying and using resources in your area of work.
- Social Care Institute for Excellence: Social Care Online is the UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.
- What Works Scotland is a three year initiative funded by the ESRC and Scottish Government to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform.
- What Works Wellbeing is one of the UK government funded ‘what works’ centres focused on improving the well-being of the people in the UK.
Young People/ Care Experienced Young People: Sources of Evidence
- The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) is a valuable information source that provides a range of research reports.
- The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) is a ‘best practice hub’ for 'what works' in children's services that aims to help those working in children’s services improve the life chances of all children and young people, in particular those who are most vulnerable. It also hosts an archive of effective practice in delivering children's services from local, regional and national evidence.
- Centre for Research on Families and Relationships is based at the University of Edinburgh and aims to produce, support, stimulate, and share high quality social research on families and relationships.
- The Centre for Youth Impact has UK Cabinet Office funding as a centre for evidence, capacity building, and practice development. It aims to increase the capacity of those involved in providing and commissioning services for young people to generate and use high quality evidence in the design, delivery and evaluation of their services.
- Education Scotland also has useful resources and publishes the Count Us In series as an annual report on Improving the Education of Our Looked After Children.
- Research in practice is a practitioner led network which aims to champion evidence-informed practice in children’s services.
- Scottish Government – Looked After Children is a useful portal to policy documents, research, consultations, and other publications, including annual Children’s Social Work Statistics.
- The Social Research Unit at Dartington is an independent charity that seeks to increase the use of evidence of what works in the design and delivery of services for children and their families.
- The Scottish Throughcare and After Care Forum (STAF) is a valuable source of research, consultations and other publications.
People Affected by Dementia and Older People: Sources of Evidence
- Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice hosted by the University of the West of Scotland.
- Alzheimer’s Society Current and archive of research reported in clinical and lay terms.
- Carers Scotland is part of Carers UK and conducts research and promotes good practice into effective service provision.
- The Centre for Ageing Better is one of the UK Government funded ‘what works’ centres. It was set up in 2015 to develop, share, and apply evidence to help people age better.
- Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at University of Stirling is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.
- Dementia Managed Knowledge Network is a useful portal to lots of on-line information. The SSSC and NES provide access to a range of publications, resources and information relating to dementia.
- Dementia - Supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care, NICE guideline 97, last modified: June 2018.
- Dementia Research Centre (DRC), based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), is one of the UK's leading centres for clinical research on dementia.
- The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN), University of Edinburgh, promotes high-quality research into the causes, treatment, and effects of dementia.