About the ESSS

The Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service (ESSS) is funded by the Scottish Government and sits within Iriss, a charitable company that promotes positive outcomes for people who use Scotland’s social services. A lot of their work is centred on ensuring that everyone in social services has the knowledge, tools and skills to effectively use evidence and to innovate. The new service will organically contribute to the aims of Iriss. It will communicate evidence and inspiration to the sector, create conditions for information sharing, help people to make use of evidence to improve services and support, and enable culture change through filling knowledge gaps and supporting the development of skills around evidence, innovation and digital literacy.

Contributing to Scotland’s national Knowledge into Action Strategy, we aim to bridge the knowledge-practice gap, by supporting practitioners, planners and policy-makers to identify and apply evidence, ensuring that decisions about frontline practice, service design, development and delivery are based on sound evidence. Scotland’s strategies for social services highlight the importance of embedding the use of knowledge and evidence in social services practice. It is important for social services to:

  • Work on continuous improvement and innovation
  • Apply new knowledge to policy, planning and practice
  • Use robust evidence and effective application of knowledge in all its forms
  • Achieve better outcomes for people who use social services, and the wider community

The new Evidence Search and Summary Service aims to increase the application of evidence, through providing expert support to source and bring together evidence from research, practice and experience. It’s vital for us to make different kinds of research evidence more accessible and easier to understand for all kinds of people working in social services across Scotland. We’ll be working with each person we support to make sure our products meet their needs

We’re also working to supporting people in social services to increase their confidence, skills and capacities around finding, evaluating and using evidence. In turn, we believe this will lead to improvements in the quality, efficacy, cost effectiveness and outputs of service and practice developments.

If you’d like to find out more about ESSS and the products and services we offer, you can visit our website. You make an enquiry about your information and evidence needs through the website. Alternatively, you can email us at esss@iriss.org.uk or phone us on 0141 559 5057. We’re also on twitter at @irissESSS.