Welcome to Research in Practice

We are delighted to welcome new Partners to Research in Practice. This section contains introductory videos and information about us and what we do,

Welcome to Research in Practice, this page contains some introductory guidance and tools to help you understand our offer and how to make the most of our resources.

The below video presented by our Assistant Directors Lisa Smith and Susannah Bowyer provides an overview of our offer and how you can get started with Research in Practice. 

This video presents an introduction to Research in Practice for new Partner organisations.

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. 

Accessing our resources


One of the main ways of engaging with Research in Practice is through the website. Staff in your organisation can create accounts and the Link Officer should encourage as many colleagues as possible to do this.  

You can set-up guest accounts for a further 25 individuals outside of your organisation. In addition you are also able to create accounts for foster carers and shared lives carers supported by your organisation. Your Account Manager can help you with both of these. 

Staff should be encouraged to sign up to receive our fortnightly bulletins and monthly Research and Policy Updates in the View Subscriptions area of the website. A website account will give staff:  

  • Unlimited publications downloads. 
  • Access to webinar recordings, videos and podcasts.
  • The ability to request places on events, live webinars and more. 

Creating an account

To get started with Research in Practice you and your colleagues will need to create an account on our site. Our short video provides an overview of how to register, please note you will need your work email address and details to complete the process. 

This video provides a brief summary of how to create a new account on our website.

Understanding our offer

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.

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Our Partnership model provides 360 degree support.

Regular outputs

We provide a range of accessible outputs that are all available to you as part of membership, these include the following: 

  • A wide range of publications addressing different topics and priorities troughout the sector, free to access and download.  
  • A regular programme of workshops and conferences at venues across the country (alternatives available during COVID-19 restrictions).  
  • Live and recorded webinars: one-hour online presentations on a wide range of topics.  
  • Research Summaries: providing an in-depth look at the latest research evidence relating to a different key theme and/or priority each month. 
  • Policy Updates: monthly rounds ups to keep you up to date with important policy, government reports, consultations, news and more. 
  • Case Law and Legal Summaries: overview and analysis of selected cases each month, highlighting implications for practice. 
  • Podcasts: a range of short and longer listens on various topics of interest. 
  • Blogs: discussion and analysis of the latest news, information and research – written by and for professionals across the sector. 


Your Account Manager will support you as Link Officer to develop an effective dissemination strategy for our publications and resources. New Partners will receive a welcome pack of resources from our extensive back catalogue. All colleagues with a website account can download digital versions of all our resources online and purchase extra hard copies at discount prices.  


Each Research in Practice Partner with full organisational membership receives an allocation of event places on our national programme of workshops, webinars and conferences, as part of our Delivery Programme. In order to secure a place on an event, requests are approved by the Link Officer using the Manage Events facility on the website. Once approved, all further communications for the event will be handled by Research in Practice.  

The Link Officer will also be invited to the annual Link Officers’ Annual Meeting, and the Director/CEO to the annual Leaders’ Forum.   

Tailored Support  

Each Partner receives an allocation of Tailored Support days to assist your organisation with a particular topic. This can be used for menu workshops or for other types of support, such as evidence overviews or knowledge exchanges. The Link Officer will work with their Account Manager to arrange this.  

Change Projects  

We run a number of in-depth Change Projects each year on topics that are important to our Partners. You will receive information about opportunities to become involved in these. Previous Change Projects have covered topics such as analysis and critical thinking in assessment, reflective supervision, using research in the Family Court and commissioning early help.


Individual accounts have a CPD recording facility. Each resource has a CPD ‘button’ which creates a record, including space to add reflection, on the individual’s CPD list (accessible via their ‘MyRiP’ dashboard). The list can be exported as a CSV file and so can be added to external CPD records for example, local systems or workplace personal development records.

LO Resources Getting Started

Getting started as a Link Officer

Being a new Link Officer can be an exciting but challenging prospect. This section contains introductory guidance to help new Link Officers get started.
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