We are an independent network of individuals who provide a range of research information, planning and evaluation in social care and health services. SSRG members are drawn from a wide range of professional groups and organisations sharing a common interest in the work of the caring services.

Research, Policy and Planning

The new edition of Research, Policy and Planning – Vol 32(2) – is now online     (15 January 2017).  Not a member?  Click here to join.

LARIA Annual Conference 2017: Call for speakers and papers 

‘Hibernate or Innovate? Research and Intelligence in Challenging Times’

The next LARIA Annual Conference will be held on Tuesday, 23 and Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at Sheffield City Hall. Please save the date now.

We are looking for papers that describe how making changes in the way we fund, organise or execute research, teams, systems or data analysis has resulted in better intelligence and decision making.  We are interested in a broad range of papers but have suggested a few themes to stimulate thinking, for full details please download the call for papers document.

To submit ideas to present then please complete the call for papers form and return to admin@laria.org.uk by no later than Friday, 4 November 2016.

Research, Policy and Planning

Research, Policy and Planning – Vol 32(1) – is now published  and is OPEN ACCESS

This special edition,  on child neglect provides a unique insight into what is meant by neglect, its effects on children and young people’s development, behaviour and outcomes across a range of areas including education, employment, housing, crime and health. We hope this serves as a valuable source of evidence and guidance in children’s services across the UK to aid practitioners, service managers and policy-makers seeking clarity on how to address neglect.

Please take part on our survey – Supporting Research, Intelligence and Policy in the Public Sector

Please take part our new survey being carried out with the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA).The results will help understand the support needed by research, intelligence and policy professionals in the public sector – in particular, the role of professional bodies such as LARIA and the SSRG. This survey will also inform a proposed merger between the two organisations.

Please follow this link to take part.

SSRG – LARIA events

Book Now: LARIA One Day Conference 24 Nov 2016, Manchester

Conference Crowd 2014

Bookings now for the One Day Conference on Thursday 24 Nov 2016 in Manchester.

See the agenda and book your place now by visiting our conference website.

The conference will be a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions; speakers include:

  • Esther Roughsedge & Victoria Avila, National Records of Scotland
  • Robert Radburn, Leicestershire County Council
  • Suzanne Hall and Rachael Docking, Ipsos MORI
  • Dr James Beard, Mott MacDonald


A Pilot is a Pilot? Researchers and the Children and Social Work Bill

Professor Jane Tunstill explores potential dangers and implications of the proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill

Executive Committee nominations

Please consider standing or encouraging fellow SSRG members to stand for election to the SSRG Executive Committee. This is a chance to influence the agenda and help ensure an active future for SSRG. Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place during the Annual Workshop. Please use this nomination form. Please note, all nominations must be completed by and nominate SSRG members only. 

Home page updated 17/10/2016 Martin Stevens


Research, Policy and Planning

The latest edition of the Research, Policy and Planning Journal – Vol 31(3) – has now been released. Not a member?  Click here to join.

Updated 16/03/2016

Health Research Authority: appointments to the Confidentiality Advisory Group

The Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) is looking to appoint new members to help it deliver its existing and future functions. The CAG provides the Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Secretary of State for Health (SofS) with independent expert advice about applications for access to confidential patient information. The work of the Group is challenging, but it is also immensely rewarding. The information pack contains full details on the role, how to apply, the application form and equality monitoring. Click here for further details

Research capacity, knowledge, skills and use in Councils with Adult Social Care Responsibilities – SSRG Survey published

This survey was funded by the PSSRU – through the Social Care Evidence in Practice project

Press release available here

Full report available here

Research, Policy and Planning

The Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project special issue of Research, Policy and Planning – Vol 31(2) – is now published by way of open access.

Page updated 17/09/2015

The new edition of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 31(1), is now available.  Not a member?  Click here to join.

Coming soon is the second edition of this volume of the journal, sponsored by the Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project led by the PSSRU – London School of Economics and Political Science, with support from the NIHR School for Social Care Research and funding from LSE’s Higher Educational Innovation Fund. Check this page for open accessibility to the themed articles featured within Research, Policy and Planning Vol 31(2).

Page updated 19/07/2015

Other news

LTCQ project

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent would like to invite LA staff to participate in a project that is currently validating a newly-developed Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ). This 20-item self-report questionnaire measures outcomes across different long-term conditions (LTCs). The project involves both a primary care survey and a social care survey. PSSRU are leading on the social care survey with the aim to validate the LTCQ in a sample of people with LTCs who receive social care services. The research team will reimburse all postage costs and will provide some financial support to help with the recruitment of people who receive social care services. Click here for more information about the social care survey or contact Laurie Batchelder: 01227 816 166 or L.Batchelder@kent.ac.uk



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