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Access Evidence

Background

How do you keep on top of the latest research evidence if you are a busy practitioner? This is the challenge facing many of those working in frontline services. Research shows that while there is an increasing amount of research evidence published, applying it to frontline practice is more difficult. The need for shorter, accessible evidence briefs, and how to interpret research findings are some of the issues raised by frontline practitioners that impact on how they engage with evidence and use it widely.

Our role

CES conducted a survey with teachers, youth workers, social workers and other professionals in human services, to ask them about their experiences in accessing evidence. The survey identified an appetite for short, practical evidence summaries with tips and guidance to inform frontline practice. A number of topics were identified such as youth mental health, and coaching and mentoring.

We developed Access Evidence as a series of literature reviews accompanied by short, accessible summaries and supporting resources. We engaged with frontline practitioners to ensure the content was relevant to different settings, and to draw from practice wisdom in putting together tips, learning and guidance for practice.

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