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Evidence Reviews

Research Reviews

All of the evidence in one place: these publications gather together and conduct a complete examination of all of the research and evidence in existence relating to specific topics and concerns for the sector.

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Working with complexity: Evidence Review (2018)

Published: Mar 2018

Working with complexity: Evidence Review (2018)

Working with people and their families is complex, and our family settings and situations are dynamic and complicated. Our aspiration with this Evidence Review is to explore some specific areas of complexity, identifying relevant research and highlighting good practice.

In this review we focus on four key areas of complexity: Helping families work with complexity; Complexity in working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005; Working with risk and Working across the life course with people who have a learning disability. Some of the themes across these four areas interlink, and you will see as you read how they are connected.

The review is intended to support, as well as to promote discussion. We hope you find it thought-provoking and that it encourages debate around how you work with people.

Aimed at: People providing services, managers, learning and development teams, higher education institutions, senior leaders and anyone with an interest in the evidence base for this sector.

Number of pages: 126
Preview available.
Product code: AD-EVR-002

Reimagining Adult Social Care: Evidence Review Executive Summary (2015) HARDCOPY

Published: Nov 2015

Reimagining Adult Social Care: Evidence Review Executive Summary (2015) HARDCOPY

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Hardcopy: £4.00
This Executive Summary of the full Evidence Review, edited by David Walden CBE, asks the broad question: If we were able to start designing adult social care from a blank slate, and build a system based on the evidence of what people want and what is effective, what would that system look like?

The Review also provides an analysis of key research on the important issues in adult social care today - including safeguarding, promoting independence, involvement and advocacy, and the adult social care workforce. It aims to inform the policy debate with an evidence-informed view.

Aimed at: Policymakers and senior colleagues in adult social care, as well as researchers, lobbyists and anyone with an interest in the evidence base for this sector.

Number of pages: 8
Product code: AD-EXS-001
Reimagining social care: Evidence Review (2015) Executive Summary DOWNLOAD

Published: Nov 2015

Reimagining social care: Evidence Review (2015) Executive Summary DOWNLOAD

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Download: £0.00 (open access resource)

This Executive Summary of the full Evidence Review, edited by David Walden CBE, asks the broad question: If we were able to start designing adult social care from a blank slate, and build a system based on the evidence of what people want and what is effective, what would that system look like?

The Review also provides an analysis of key research on the important issues in adult social care today - including safeguarding, promoting independence, involvement and advocacy, and the adult social care workforce. It aims to inform the policy debate with an evidence-informed view.

Aimed at: Policymakers and senior colleagues in adult social care, as well as researchers, lobbyists and anyone with an interest in the evidence base for this sector.

Number of pages: 8
Reimagining Adult Social Care: Evidence Review (2015)

Published: Nov 2015

Reimagining Adult Social Care: Evidence Review (2015)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Evidence Review asks the broad question: If we were able to start designing adult social care from a blank slate, and build a system based on the evidence of what people want and what is effective, what would that system look like?

The Review also provides an analysis of key research on the important issues in adult social care today - including safeguarding, promoting independence, involvement and advocacy, and the adult social care workforce. It aims to inform the policy debate with an evidence-informed view.

Aimed at: Policymakers and senior colleagues in adult social care, as well as researchers, lobbyists and anyone with an interest in the evidence base for this sector.

Number of pages: 122
Product code: AD-EVR-001
Annual Review 2014

Published: Mar 2015

Annual Review 2014

The Research in Practice for Adults Annual Review for 2014-15 is now available: see what we delivered for the sector over the last twelve months.
Supporting Adults with Multiple Needs and Exclusions: Literature Review (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

Supporting Adults with Multiple Needs and Exclusions: Literature Review (2014)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Review aims to answer important research questions in order to inform the debate on how to effectively support people who experience multiple needs and exclusions (MNE). It’s a useful resource to provide evidence for service design, as well as to support you in making the case for services for this client group.

Aimed at: All adult social care practitioners.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-LTR-006
Feedback & Engagement: Literature Review (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

Feedback & Engagement: Literature Review (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Review of current research on feedback and engagement has been written to inform and update people with a role in adult social care; for example commissioners, managers, practitioners, councillors and educators, as well as service users and carers.

It is intended to offer a useful framework for discussion, reflection and learning.

Aimed at: All Social care practitioners.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-LTR-004
Preventing Need and Maximising Independence: Literature Review (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

Preventing Need and Maximising Independence: Literature Review (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Literature Review has been completed by Research in Practice for Adults. We are a charity that uses evidence from research and people’s experience to help understand adult social care and to improve how it works.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and commissioners.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-LTR-005
Safeguarding Adults: Literature Review (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

Safeguarding Adults: Literature Review (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

The Review has been written to provide an overview of research for people who need to know about safeguarding; including practitioners, managers and educators in adult social care, workers from other agencies, such as health and the police, care workers and voluntary sector workers and service users and those who support them.

It is a revision of a previous RiPfA review that was carried out in 2009, updated to include new research. The research focuses on adult safeguarding in England and Wales, though many of the messages are transferable to other contexts.

Aimed at: All adult social care practitioners.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-LTR-001
Evidence-Informed Decision Making: Literature Review

Published: Jan 2012

Evidence-Informed Decision Making: Literature Review

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Literature Review aims to support practitioners to have a better understanding of how analysis and critical reflection are used in adult social care, how they support professional judgement and decision-making, and how they are applied to assessment and casework.

It sets out the main messages from research, identifies the implications for current front-line practice and provides references for further reading. The focus of this review is largely on social work, but the messages are applicable to staff across social care.

Number of pages: 12
Preview available.
Product code: AD-LTR-002
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