Our blog is a hub for sharing news, information, research, evidence, analysis and debate. Blog posts are written by and for professionals across the sector. The views expressed are the authors’ own and do not represent those of Research in Practice for Adults.

The Chatty Café: Promoting the joy of conversation

The Chatty Café aims to combat feelings of loneliness amongst people of all ages by promoting regular human interaction. A 'Chatter & Natter' table is located in every café within the scheme and encourages customers to simply sit and talk with other over a cup of tea.

What is co-production, why would we do it and how can we implement it?

The knowledge gained through co-production with people with lived experience helps to shine a light on what is important to them and the wider group they identify with. It provides opportunities to generate ideas and strategies to overcome challenges and ultimately improve services.

Fundamental drivers of good co-production in the commissioning of disabled people's services

The fundamental driver of good co-production is for commissioning staff to actively listen to disabled people about their lived experiences. Just as important, is listening to them from the outset of the commissioning process and throughout so that disabled people can have a stronger voice in the commissioning of social and health services

Participatory research with learning disabilities

Involving service users in the development and delivery of an evaluation can offer deep insight into a service and help shape the way evaluators find out whether it has been successful or not.

Co-client or co-worker?

Historically, carers have felt undervalued and under-supported so it is important that their contribution to the care system is recognised. In this blog, Liz Lloyd looks at the impact carers have and asks whether they should be regarded as co-clients of the people they care for, as partners of the service providers, or as both?

Improving outcomes and saving money

In this blog Rob Greig considers the evidence surrounding the cost effectiveness of employment support for people with learning disabilities and those with mental health conditions. He asks why this evidence is not widely being used by local authorities in their commissioning practice.

United - not divided

United for All Ages discuss bringing older and young people together for the benefit of all generations and wider society.

The quest to understand the sexual exploitation and mental health of adults

Jessica Eaton, author of our recent Sexual Exploitation and Mental Health: Frontline Briefing, writes about her work exploring the evidence relating to sexual exploitation, trauma and mental health.

Life story work in dementia care

We should always take an interest in the people we care for - their lives, their interests, their stories. Life story work involves gathering information and artefacts about a person you are helping, and producing a picture book or other tangible output that says something about their life, interests, hopes and wishes.

Asset-based work with communities

Asset-based work, along with its close relation strength-based work, has gained a lot of social care currency in recent years. But what is an asset, and how do we best work with them? The answers might not be as straightforward as we first think.

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