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.

Trust Resources

General Resources – Evidence understanding and use

General Resources – Evidence banks

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