Practical learning: achieving excellence in the human services

January 23-25 2008 Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Firm foundations: creating an organisational climate for research utilisation across children's services

Keywords: children's services, research utilisation, evidence-informed practice

Author: Ms Colleen Eccles (research in practice -

Research in Practice is England's leading children and families research utilisation organisation. Over the last ten years Research in Practice has worked closely with Local Authorities and National Organisations in England, and recently Ireland and Wales, to embed evidence-informed practice into the bloodstream of agencies working with children and families.

This workshop will attempt to distill the learning from over that period and pass on to participants 'What Works' in implementing strategies to encourage research utilisation in developing policy and practice.

Demonstration of tools and training materials will be provided along with explanation of the "Change Project" methodology that has proven a successful method of engaging practitioners and managers in producing tools for change in areas such as, leadership, teamwork, service evaulation, research use in the family courts, e-learning and young people offending and alcohol misuse.

This will be of interest to policy makers and reserachers as the project has sought over ten years to bring these two worlds together. Senior mangers in practice and those with an interest in developing CPD/training for staff in children's services would also benefit from the ideas and materials that the project has developed.

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2008, 1.30-3.00

Venue: Ochil Two

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Organised by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services in association with PEPE (Practical Experiences in Professional Education).