About Martin Stevens

Martin Stevens has a background in residential work with adults with learning disabilities, and then 12 years as a research officer for Hampshire Social Services Department. Research areas of interest include learning disabilities and child protection. Also interested in research methodology, specifically the application of multiple methods and approaches.
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A Pilot is a Pilot? Researchers and the Children and Social Work Bill

In the context of services for children and families there has long been considerable political and professional consensus as to the positive value of evidence based policy and practice.  Over three decades, the children and families research community has enjoyed a respected high profile with its outputs, broadly deemed, by policy makers, service providers as […]

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Research Policy and Planning Past Vol 30

Research, Policy and Planning Vol 30(2) 2013 Full publication (PDF File, 1003kb) Editorial Personalisation through personal budgets: its effectiveness for older adults in social care services. Findings from an English-based literature review. Marina Zamfir The increasing evidence of how self-directed support is failing to deliver personal budgets and personalisation. Colin Slasberg, Peter Beresford and Peter Schofield Modelling […]

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Annual Workshop 2014

SSRG Annual Workshop 27th March 2014 at LSE Knowing or Believing? The impact of evidence and ideology on social care and health policy, practice and performance New Academic Building, London School of Economics The venue is off Kingsway, near Lincoln’s Inn Fields, about 5 minutes walk from Holborn Underground Station We aim to have a […]

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How should research evidence be used to improve adult social care policy and practice?

This question has bothered me since I started as a social services research officer in 1992. Attending the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) Workshop: Maximising Research Impact in Adult Social Care last week was a chance to ponder this question and, more usefully, to hear other people’s ponderings. The event was very well […]

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