Few could question the challenging environment facing our sector and we are proud of the role that Research in Practice for Adults plays, to support you to work more effectively and efficiently, in these difficult times. Now, more than ever, it is vital that good decisions are made in light of the best available evidence. (Peter Hay, Chair of Research in Practice for Adults Partnership Board and ADASS President 2011–12)
Research in Practice for Adults supports people to find, use and share evidence. Our purpose is to improve practice and services in social care for the benefit of adults requiring additional support.
Using evidence in practice increases individual competence and confidence, enhances organisational learning and effectiveness, and improves the experience and ultimately the outcomes of people receiving services.
We use a range of evidence-informed methods to deliver sector-led support, tailored support, hard copy resources and web-based resources. These include learning events, change projects, one-to-one projects, guides and practice tools. Our methods promote learning, discussion, reflection and action to improve practice. We support Partners to spread experience of what works through our network.
Our activities and resources provide a holistic approach to embedding evidence-informed practice across all levels of an organisation, diverse roles and a wide range of topics. We work closely with our local authority Partners around the country to identify and address sector priorities. We deliver individual projects for organisations and we work at a national level to promote the use of evidence in policy and sector improvement. Our values are integrity, growth and making a difference.