Potential barriers to using research evidence from the practitioners perspective…and some solutions!
"We don’t know where to find research evidence/never get to hear about research."
"We don’t have the skills to assess whether research evidence is good/useful or not."
"We don’t see how it can help us/it doesn’t seem relevant to us/not sure how to use it/apply it to our service. Research evidence is often not seen as practice orientated or is seen as out of date in relation to practice."
"Research evidence is usually presented in a way which makes it difficult to interpret / isn’t relevant to our needs."
"Our organisation/management isn’t interested/doesn’t support the use of evidence in practice."
"There’s pressure on us to direct funding towards particular services / to use other sources of information in planning services."
"We don’t have the time or resources to access and use research evidence."
"We lack some of the necessary knowledge and skills to access, understand and use evidence."
"There doesn't seem to be any research in the area we're interested in."
New training resource!
The Evidence Guide: Using Research and Evaluation in Social Care and Allied Professions
This new training resource, published by Barnardo's, is designed to help social care staff to locate, assess and apply research evidence in practice. The Evidence Guide was developed as part of the WWfC project in collaboration with CEBSS (The Centre for Evidence Based Social Services www.ripfa.org.uk/aboutus/archive/) and Barnardo's R&D team. The pack is divided into 5 modules each aimed at a particular aspect of developing the effective use of research and evaluation:
MODULE 1: Using Research Evidence in Practice: An Introduction
MODULE 2: Locating Research Evidence in Five Steps
MODULE 3: Appraising and Reviewing Research Evidence
MODULE 4: Adapting and Applying Evidence: issues for individual practitioners and organisations
MODULE 5: Outcome-focused Evaluation
The pack has been piloted and reviewed with both external agencies and practitioners within Barnardo's services. The pack is available from Barnardo's. An order form can be printed here.
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