SSRG Previous Events – 2008

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The Evaluation of the Individual Budgets Pilots: Messages for Policy and Practice

Friday 14 November 2008
The Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand, London
Chair: Mark Ivory, Executive Editor, Community Care

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Assessment of Services for Adults: Progress and Good Practice

Thursday 27th November 2008
The Banqueting Suite, the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham.

This event aims to look at developments in the performance management/performance information and consider work in progress (for example NIS2) as well as examples of good practice and links to CAA

Speakers have been confirmed from the Department of Health, CSCI and the NHS Information Centre. We are currently liaising with colleagues in the Audit Commission and ADASS The final programme should be available by the end of September

We are expecting a lot of interest in this event and you can book now by completing and returning the booking form.

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  • booking form (24kb MS XLS file)
  • Draft programme (34kb MS Word doc) Programme

Inclusion and exclusion conference:

Thursday 20th November 2008
School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Exploring the messages for policy and practice of research on racism and ethnicity.

The fourth Inclusion and Exclusion conference took place on 20 November 2008 at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  Organised by the SSRG, Race Equality Foundation and INVOLVE this one-day conference explored research on racism and ethnicity and the messages for policy and practice in key areas of public services, including: housing, health and social care for adults and children.

  • Click here to view the presentations (external website) [Seperate page]
  • Click here to download the booking form as PDF (68kb PDF)
  • Click here to download the workshop list as PDF (17kb PDF)
  • Click here to download the workshop directory as PDF (92kb PDF)

Using National and Local Datasets to Measure Local Well-being (Previously: Making the Most of Management Information)

Monday 17th November
CoSLA Conference Centre
Haymarket, Edinburgh

This SSRG Scottish Branch seminar aims to look at the range of information that is available and the use to which it is put in order to inform, commission, deliver and evaluate effective social care and health services.

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  • Click here to download the programme (116kb PDF) Programme

Assessment of Children’s Services: Progress and Good Practice

Monday 3rd November
The Banqueting Suite, the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham.

This event aims to look at developments in theperformance management/performance information agenda-particularly outcomes; links to CAA etc – and consider work in progress (for example NIS2) as well as examples of good practice. Colleagues from Research in Practice, DCSF and C4EO have agreed to participate and we are currently liaising with colleagues in the Audit Commission, Ofsted and ADCS to develop the programme, which we hope to finalise early in September.

  • Programme (41kb PDF file) Programme
  • Engaging Partners in change using Outcomes Based Accountability,Colin Green, Director,Children, Learning & Young People, Coventry City Council (218kb PDF file) PDF File
  • Tellus, Fiona Walker, NfER (759kb PDF file) PDF File
  • The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes, Heather Rushton, C4EO (2568kb PDF file) [! file too large]
  • Comprehensive Area Assessment and Looked after Childrenand Safeguarding inspections, Louise Butlerand Karen Dolton (81kb PDF file) PDF File
  • Development of the National Indicator Set (NIS), RobSinclair, Head of Economic Analysis Unit,Children and Families Directorate, DCSF (37kb PDF file) PDF File
  • Bringing performance management and evidence-informedpractice together, Sarah Judd, Research Officer,research in practice (149kb PDF file) PDF File

‘Dignity’ in Practice: Older People’s conference

Thursday 26th June

Making Research Count seminar presenting messages from research other speakers, including the launch of a Black & Minority Ethnic Older People Guide, from Better Government for Older people.

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Research Governance Good Practice Days

The aim of these Research Governance Good Practice Days is to enable local councils to network and share good practice in their implementation of the Research Governance Framework in Social Care. The Social Care Workforce Research Unit has been asked to commission these events by the Department of Health and has been supporting Chris Russell, who has developed the programme and will act as facilitator. SSRG was instrumental in developing the idea for the initial series of Research Governance Workshops, held in 2005, and is supporting the current series of events.

Four Good Practice Days will be held, on the following dates:

Friday 6 June London
Friday 20 June Manchester
Friday 11 July Sheffield
Friday 25 July London

Each day will run from 9.30 to 4pm.

These FREE events are aimed primarily at Local Authority personnel who are responsible for implementing Research Governance, but a limited number of places are available for other stakeholders. For further information and/or to check availability, please contact Chris Russell on (tel 01588 680545).’

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA): Progress and Good Practice

Tuesday 24th June 2008

Due to a double booking, this event will now be held in the Council Chamber in the Council House, and not in the Banqueting Suite.

The Council Chamber is a few yards down the corridor from the Banqueting Suite.

Because of this we regret that maximum numbers are now restricted to 80

All other places will be allocated on a ‘first-come – first served’ basis’

  • The final programme is available here (MSWord doc) (updated) Programme
  • The booking form is available here (XLS)
  • Map and directions (PDF)

Presentations added:
JSNA – Making it Happen (MS Powerpoint file) Presentation

Implementing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: pitfalls, possibilities and progress Presentation
HSMC Report(PDF file)
Renu Bindra Department of Health

JSNA – the APHO Resource Pack (MS Powerpoint file) [! File To Large]
Anne Cunningham, Yorkshire and Humberside Health Observatory

Key findings on JSNAs in a diverse range of Local Authorities(MS Powerpoint file)
Roger Taylor, Research Director, Dr Foster

Beyond JSNA – Linking needs Assessment to Strategic Commissioning for Social Care (MS Powerpoint file) [! File To Large]
Karin Janzon, Care Equation and Tom Smith, Planning4Care

SSRG annual workshop – balancing and managing r.i.s.k.

Research, Information, Systems and Knowledge
Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th April 2008
Chancellors Conference Centre, University of Manchester

View details and download booking form

Speakers confirmed:
Maggie Atkinson, President , Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)
Catherine Beverley, Knowledge Manager, Cumbria County Council
Simon Fanshawe, Journalist and Broadcaster
Jess Harris, Researcher, Kings College London
Ian Johnston, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
Julie Jones, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE),
Mark Watson, CareKnowledge
Anne Williams, President, Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

Workforce research – Expert seminar

12th March 2008

We would like to invite you to a free expert seminar which will take place on the 12th of March 2008 by the Social Care Workforce Research Unit. The main aim of the seminar is to introduce the Unit’s current project “Longitudinal Carework Study: LoCS” and to gain valuable perspectives of different stakeholders. More information on the day and brief description of the study are enclosed.

Please fill in the reply slip indicating which discussion groups you would like to join in the afternoon as well as any dietary requirement to Cian O’Neil:

We hope that you will be able to attend this event, however, if it is not possible we hope that you will be able to pass the invitation to one of your colleagues.

Looking forward to seeing on the 12th of March 2008, for directions please refer to:

View summary and seminar aims (431kb MS Word doc) Summary

Quality Services – User Views

Monday 17th March 2008
CoSLA Conference Centre,
Haymarket, Edinburgh

High quality is one of the most important targets for social care and health services. The most crucial judgement of this quality is that of people who use services themselves, followed closely by the judgement of carers.

We need practical and proven ways to involve users and carers in assessing, planning and providing quality social care without either exhausting or ”professionalizing” them

These assessments are often difficult to gather, but the importance of this information cannot be overstated if we genuinely want to achieve satisfaction with quality services.

This event will provide an overview of the key programmes that have been developed in Scotland. Examples will be described of ways in which users and carers are being involved successfully, including:

  • The development and purpose of the community care outcomes framework,
  • The User Defined Service Evaluation Tool – embedding outcomes in practice
  • The role of ‘digital stories’ in supporting participation
  • A national overview of Patient Focus and Public Involvement
  • The Patient Experience Programme – ‘Better Together’
  • service users and carers as Inspectors
  • the framework for engagement

There will also be discussion of issues emerging from the user experience surveys for social care services carried out in England and Wales.

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  • Download map (500kb PDFfile)