After a busy couple of weeks with a huge interest in our work, we’re very excited to share the first outputs from the Evidence Search and Summary Service: ESSS Outlines. The first three topics have been:
We’ve decided to call these ESSS Outlines, to reflect the nature of the outputs as something that gives an idea of the shape of the overall topic or issue being explored. Outlines are brief and selective summaries, produced using flexible and thorough approaches to identify and evaluate a wide range of evidence — from research, practice and experience — to ensure robust outputs that meet the needs of social service stakeholders in Scotland. We think it’s really important to include a combination of different forms of evidence to maximise the opportunity for people to use this in their work, and will be writing about how we’re approaching this in blog posts to come.
The nature of the evidence base relevant to social services means that traditional approaches to systematic searching aren’t possible or helpful in the wide and varied information landscape we’re working in. As a result, we’re taking an iterative approach to each search, using our information seeking expertise and critical evaluation skills to identify the most relevant and useful materials for the specific enquiry the people we’re supporting have asked us to look into. At the same time, we aim for these outputs to be of relevance to the wider social services field and want to make sure that where possible they give some insight into the broader context.
The Outlines are all available as downloadable pdfs from the Iriss website, and are licensed under Creative Commons with a Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 2.5 UK: Scotland Licence. This means that everyone is welcome to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) however they like — as long as they give attribution to the Iriss ESSS for producing the summary and the individual authors of the resources provided for conducting the research being discussed within the Outlines.
If you’re interested in us producing an ESSS Outline for you, please get in touch.