The best way to get evidence to improve services? Get those delivering services, commissioning them, researching social care, receiving services, caring for those receiving services (etc; and anyone else interested) into a room together and ask them what their priorities are and what skills they can bring to the table to research them. OK so that’s not academically tried and tested but we would all agree everyone involved in adult social care in whatever form – managers, practitioners, frontline staff, people who use services, carers, researchers – all have important roles to play in generating the research evidence that will shape policies and practice and improve adult social care practice. And you will all have your own interests and priorities.
So that’s what we’re doing. Asking you to join us in late March, put your priorities and needs for adult social care on the table, bring your individual skills and expertise with you and share them with others. Then …
… develop research proposal ideas addressing real world issues with a mixed group and pitch them at the end of the day for support (funding and expertise) with a mini project, and/or support to develop a larger research proposal to submit to a research funder (for example, the NIHR School for Social Care Research is expected to a call for research proposals over summer closing in October, and the National Institute for Health Research have regular calls open) to see if they will fund them…
… and see if the panel agrees to fund your mini project or support your group in putting together a larger research proposal…
What’s in it for you?
The chance to set the research agenda yourself, address an urgent need through a mini project, work collaboratively with others with complementary skills and expertise, and engage with a larger range of people in doing so, and get support to develop larger research study proposals. And engage your organisation in the priorities you want researched.
And if that’s not enough, the opportunity to feed in research priorities to funders to take forward in other ways, and have some fun!
We asked you to choose your date to help us choose which one to go with
We know weekdays are not always easiest for external workshops and meetings, even though they feed into your professional work. We’ve previously had colleagues ask for events on Saturdays to make them easier to participant in. But we know Saturdays are not always easiest for others. So we asked you to tell us which you would attend by 10 March and we would set the date based on response on 12 March. The possibilities were Saturday 29 March 2014 OR Monday 31 March 2014.
Final date: Monday 31 March 2014
Based on responses received, we’ve scheduled the swop shop for Monday 31 March 2014.
The event will run from 11.00 until 15.30, followed by fun, games and drinks for those that can stay on, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.