Selected reports and work of interest

This is selection of past work, largely that which is available on-line.

Cedar (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) 

“We thought they didn’t see” Cedar in Scotland – Children and Mothers Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery, Final report of an action research evaluation, June 2011

Cedar Interim Evaluation Report May 2010 Cedar Interim Evaluation Report, May 2010

See also Children Living with Domestic Abuse, Briefing for the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network, SCCPN, 2011

Work with stories

These Cedar Stories of Change came from the evaluation of the Cedar work in 2011.  Listen and let us know what you think.

Taking Account of Change, Measuring the Impact of Space Unlimited, April 2013.  This report describes the co-designed evaluation framework that provides a meaningful basis for gathering both stories and statistics.   Using this framework Space Unlimited have produced a series of reports that show the impact of their work. 

Other Evaluation and Research Reports

Positive conversations, meaningful change: learning from Animating Assets, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the Scottish Community Development Centre, 2015.  Also see the digital stories.

Getting Better by Design Evaluation of a programme to support the voluntary sector in Scotland, Jo Kennedy and Cathy Sharp, May 2015

“It’s All in the Mix” – An Evaluation of the Lothian Living Leadership Programme 2013–14, Cathy Sharp, 2014

Caring to Ask – How to embed caring conversations into practice across North East Glasgow, Cathy Sharp, Jo Kennedy, Ian McKenzie and Belinda Dewar, 2013

A multi-component programme approach to tackle alcohol-related harm in communities: lessons from the Fife Alcohol Partnership Project, Cathy Sharp and Mark Bitel, September 2012

Devolution of Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans: Analysis of consultation responses, Cathy Sharp, Anne Birch and Dawn Griesbach, 2012

Healthy Weight Communities Lessons for programme design and delivery from the Action Inquiry Process Cathy Sharp, 2011

Doing with, not to: Community Resilience and Co-production, The Implications for NHS Education for Scotland, Stuart Hashagen, Jo Kennedy, Andrew Paterson and Cathy Sharp, July 2011

Staying afloat: an evaluation of the Health, Work and Wellbeing Management Support Project, Cathy Sharp, with Duncan Wallace, 2011

Evaluation of Homelessness Prevention Innovation Fund Projects, Cathy Sharp and Lucy Robertson, 2008

What do we Measure and Why? An Evaluation of the Citistat Model of Performance Management and its Applicability to the Scottish Public Sector, Cathy Sharp, Jocelyn Jones and Alison M. Smith, 2006

Enhancing Sexual Wellbeing in Scotland – A Sexual Health And Relationships Strategy – Analysis of Non-Written Responses to the Public Consultation, Cathy Sharp, 2005

Getting knowledge into practice

Times are difficult and we need to talk to each other about what we ought to be doing.  Yet, conversations seem to be no longer available in many settings.   We need to learn to work differently and develop new knowledge, skills and the flexibility to respond in new ways to systemic and complex problems on the ground.  This can be both scary and exciting.

In Scotland, the Christie Commission has suggested that changing the way we organise our public services is going to take much more than money and calls for a radical, new and collaborative culture. This is a challenge for Government as shown here:  in the absence of ‘new money’ national government will need other ways of influencing to achieve the outcomes it seeks in public programmes and services.  Action research is a way to generate and test evidence of ‘what works’, how things work and how good practice can become embedded in ways of working to deliver services, manage organisations and involve communities.

This report The improvement of public sector delivery: supporting evidence based practice through action research,  (2005) remains relevant for policy makers and practitioners in health, social care and other areas of public sector service delivery with an interest in integrating evidence into practice. 

Useful guidance on research methods

Useful guidance on specific research methods is available here How to Gather Views on Service Quality   This guidance is useful for anyone interested in improving public services. It was originally published by Communities Scotland and the Scottish Housing Regulator and is now published here with permission.

Cartoon Kate Charlesworth

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