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Supporting evidence-informed practice with adults and families

Our aim is to support people working in social care and health to improve outcomes for adults, their families and carers.

We bring together academic research, practice expertise and the experiences of people accessing services to enable professionals across the sector to make evidence-informed decisions about the design and delivery of Adults’ Services.

Supporting learning and development

We are independent of government and the focus of our work is driven in consultation with our national network of Partners to ensure it reflects the current challenges and priorities of the sector. Find out more about our Partnership network.

Once we have identified key issues, we commission leading academics and practitioners to gather evidence from research, putting it into context alongside practitioner expertise and knowledge, and the views and experiences of people accessing services.

We translate this evidence into accessible resources designed to meet the varied learning needs and styles of different audiences across an organisation, from frontline practitioners to Directors and Lead Members.

These resources include publications and events, workshops, conferences and online learning. We also carry out evaluation and commissioned work - including evidence reviews and training packages - tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

Research in Practice for Adults is a not-for-profit organisation. We are part of The Dartington Hall Trust, a charity working to improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of communities.

Our parallel organisation, Research in Practice, does the same work to support professionals working in Children’s Services.


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