About us

We aim to provide professionals working at all levels of social care with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions based on evidence, to improve outcomes for children and families, young people and adults.

This year has been a very busy year for Research in Practice and our growing network of Partners. The work of the public and voluntary sector has never been more crucial, and it is a huge privilege to be working with more organisations in 2020 than ever before. As we all develop new ways of working and turn our attention to the future, the work our Partners do becomes ever more complex and systems-focused. This is why we support professionals at all levels - from practitioners to strategic leaders - across the multi-agency workforce. We recognise that people’s lives span traditional service boundaries, so this year we brought our two brands closer together to support joined-up working between Adults and Children’s Services. Our approach of bringing together research evidence, practice wisdom and the expertise of children, adults and families, ensures our support to the sector is robust, relevant and responsive. By promoting critical thinking, developing confidence in using evidence and ensuring decision-making is grounded in knowledge, we aim to enable a skilled and confident workforce ready to rebuild a future that is fairer for all.

Dez Holmes

Director, Research in Practice.

Introduction

Our annual review showcases our work to support evidence-informed practice with our Partnership network and wider colleagues across the social care sector.

It details our work from April 2019 – March 2020 to support the Research in Practice Partner network and other bespoke projects and collaborations to support the social care sector. There are also links to related publications, webinars, workshops and additional learning materials, as well as monthly updates including case law and legal summaries, policy updates, research summaries, podcasts, blogs and more. Following feedback from our network, and to support joined-up working, this year we were also delighted to launch a new website bringing our two existing sites Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults, together as one.

What we do

Research in Practice supports organisations and individuals to access, understand and apply evidence in their work.

Our aim is to provide professionals working at all levels of social care with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions based on evidence, to improve outcomes for children and families, young people and adults.

We provide publications, learning events, webinars, workshops, conferences, online resources and more; tailored to individual and organisational learning and development needs.

Supporting evidence-informed practice

Our work is grounded in the concept of evidence-informed practice. This means we bring research evidence together with practice expertise and the experiences of children and families, young people and adults to develop multi-media resources and learning opportunities.

This approach enables our colleagues to make decisions truly grounded in knowledge and we work closely with professionals across the sector to ensure our work is truly sector-led, responding to the most pressing issues.

EIP Joint

Our work brings together research evidence, practice expertise and the lived experiences of people accessing services.

Who we support

We support professionals working at every level of the health and social care sector, providing publications, webinars, workshops, conferences, research projects, online resources and more. We also keep our network informed, with monthly updates on the latest research and policy, and case law.

Who We Support Compressor

We support professionals working at every level of the social care sector.

Many professionals working in the sector are required to meet and to evidence they have met, post-qualifying requirements. In order to support continuous professional development, our resources have also been mapped to several key professional frameworks including:

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By listening and responding to the sector’s learning priorities, our work aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence.

Partner network

Partner network

Find out more about our work which is shaped by our national network of Partners, ensuring we meet the needs and priorities of the sector.
Partner network