Author: Dr Sarah Morton, What Works Scotland
Date: 18 January 2017
What Works Scotland co-director Dr Sarah Morton writes about the processes involved in setting up an evidence bank to support public and voluntary sector partners in accessing existing research evidence to help decision-making.
The blog describes the work she has led at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships where she has been developing knowledge exchange (KE) over the last decade. The Centre has always valued working closely with non-academic partners, and researchers worked with them to develop ways to make existing research more useful.
The review meant making sure evidence was useful, timely and relevant, and could be actioned by people working in children and family services. Local authorities have used the review to reflect on and improve the effectiveness of partnerships for public service delivery.