Identification and Prioritisation of innovations in adult social care and social work

As the needs and demands of social care and social work increase, there is a growing number of innovative models and approaches trying to tackle the challenge. The aim of this project is to identify and shortlist innovations in adult social care and social work in the UK for evaluation.


Published: 15/06/2021

Project status: Completed

The project is being led by two national rapid service evaluation teams (RSET and BRACE), and is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The research will support the ongoing development of the NIHR’s programme of research on social care and social work, including informing future funding calls.

The first phase of the work will identify as many social care and social work innovations as possible. To do this, we will contact a wide range of people with knowledge of these sectors – including people who use social care services and carers, frontline professionals, service providers and commissioners, national organisations, think thanks and researchers. The innovations identified will then be brought to a workshop, where participants will discuss and prioritise the innovations for potential evaluation. In the second phase of the work, the two rapid evaluation teams will evaluate one or more of the top priority innovations.

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