Putting it into practice: research, knowledge exchange and knowledge mobilisation S45

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There have long been concerns in social work about the gap between research and professional practice. This workshop highlights the issues involved in developing evidence-informed practice in social work and social care. It outlines current developments across a range of Universities which exemplify the effective mobilisation of research into practice. Contributed by: Scottish Universities Social Work Education

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Putting it into practice: research, knowledge exchange and knowledge mobilisation S45

  1. 1. Putting it into Practice: Research, Knowledge Exchange and Knowledge Mobilisation Andrew Kendrick (Strathclyde University) Janine Bolger (RGU) Kathryn Mackay (Stirling University)
  2. 2. Research can be viewed as:  Cold-hearted statistics  Selfish or self-indulgent  Exploiting service users and professional  Distant and removed from practice  Expensive/time consuming/lengthy
  3. 3. Evidence-based / Evidence-informed Practice  Developing methods to evaluate effectiveness of practice  Debating the nature of evidence  Building a research and knowledge culture across the sector  Improving the accessibility of research and improve dissemination and knowledge mobilisation  Supporting the ntegration of research and evidence into practice
  4. 4. Types of Knowledge  Organisational knowledge  Practitioner knowledge  User knowledge  Research knowledge  Policy knowledge (Pawson et al, 2003, Types and Quality of Knowledge in Social Care
  5. 5. Post-Qualifying Courses and Short Courses  Social Work/Social Services Management  Child Protection and Child Welfare  Child and Youth Studies  Adult Support and Protection  Mental Heath Officer  Global Social Policy and Social Work
  6. 6. Post-Qualifying Courses and Short Courses  Flexible patterns of delivery  Campus – based  Locally / Regionally – based  Distance / Blended learning  Various levels of qualification  Certificate / Diploma / Masters  Increasingly multi-disciplinary student group  Providing: up-to-date knowledge, space for critical reflection and supporting improvements in practice
  7. 7. Partnership through Centres of Excellence:  Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)  WithScotland  Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD)  Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ)  The Dementia Centre (DSCD)
  8. 8. Partnership through Centres of Excellence:  Training and courses  Consultancy and specialist expertise  Research  Engagement with policy and practice  Conferences and seminars
  9. 9. Collaborative Research and Knowledge Exchange Projects  Post-graduate research students and professional doctorates  Practitioner research projects  University and agency partnerships  Action-research projects and co-production projects with service users and practitioners  Knowledge exchange projects
  10. 10. Practitioner – Academic Exchanges  Secondments  Split academic/practice jobs  Internships  Job-shadowing
  11. 11. Developing Technologies  Virtual Learning Environments  Social Media  Communities of Practice  Knowledge Hubs
  12. 12. Developments in Scotland  What Works Scotland  Research impact and knowledge exchange  Social Work Services Strategic Review  Research and KE in the strategic review

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