ESSS

Finding evidence: an update

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It’s been two months since we launched the Finding Evidence online course. Since then, we’ve had almost 100 people sign up, including managers and practitioners from across the social services sector. While the course was primarily designed to share the… Read More »Finding evidence: an update

One year of evidence support for social care and services

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This week marks the first birthday of the Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service. It’s been an exciting and challenging year. Here’s a little bit about how it’s gone so far, taken from our annual report, which included responses from a service user survey.

Evidenced-based practice in social work

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ESSS has been looking into the research around evidence-based practice (EBP) in social work. In this post, we'll be sharing some of the key issues highlighted in the literature. Generally, there is a lot of discussion around the barriers to EBP. These tend to be focused around the evidence itself, practitioners and organisations, and we've summarised some of these issues here.

Open access social services research

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We're in the process of building an online learning resource to help people working in the area of social services to learn more about finding, accessing and using research and evidence to support their practice. In the meantime, we thought we'd share some of the free tools we use when we're working on our Outlines to support social services practitioners.

Social services evidence

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When we're asked to produce an evidence summary or review, we use a wide range of evidence sources to make sure we're finding research, reports of activities, evaluations and discussions around the topic from a variety of voices and perspectives. We thought it would be useful to share these resources. We want to know what you think about them.

ESSS new additions and reader survey

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It's been all go at the Iriss base - first off we're delighted to welcome Annelies Allcock to the ESSS team. Since our last update we've also produced a few more evidence summaries - have a look!

Evidence Search and Summary Service launch

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Last week saw the launch of the new Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service (ESSS). This post gives a bit of  background as to who we are, where we come from and what we’d like to achieve with the service.