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Using evidence

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Claiming an evidence-base for services and interventions (2013)

Read this briefing written by Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and ESS to find out what it means if a programme is evidence-based.

Communicating research effectively (TSRF infographic) (2016)

This infographic was produced by the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF) to help third sector organisations communicate their research effectively. It contains guidance, tips and good practice examples.

Confidence Through Evidence toolkit

Making better use of evidence in social services. Developed by IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) to guide users through finding and using research evidence.

Evidence Bank

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) together with What Works Scotland are piloting an Evidence bank.

Evidence for Success guide (2015)

The Evidence for Success guide offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It is for anyone who wants to use evidence to improve policy and practice, regardless of the level of experience they have in doing so. Therefore, ...

Evidence for Success: Collaborating with academics (2016)

Written by the Knowledge Translation Network 'Collaborating with Academics' guides third sector organisations through the process of making collaborations with academics and researchers.

Evidence for what? (2016)

This infographic shows Evaluation Support Scotland's learning about evidence.

Evidence from Elsewhere: Gathering, analysing and using other people's evidence (2017)

Written by the Knowledge Translation Network 'Evidence from Elsewhere: Gathering, analysing and using other people's evidence' guides third sector organisations through the process of using secondary evidence. Using other people’s evidence can be useful to fill gaps in your evidence or to help make a case for a new service ...

Evidence Library

Curated by the SCVO, this evidence library focuses on the Scottish Third Sector


Developed by Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) Guidebook is an interactive tool to find evidence and guidance on how to deliver effective intervention.

How to Evaluate Web Resources

A Visual Guide to Evaluating Sources on the Web

Knowledge Hub

It is free to join and offers you a secure place to exchange knowledge, ideas, insight and experience.

Knowledge into Action Toolkit

Focuses on making knowledge usable with links to tools to help present evidence and access guidance and learning resources

SSKS Portal

Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) information and resources on a range of topics including but not limited to Older People, Crime, and Early Years.

UK Data Service

Holds the UK’s largest collection of digital social research data. Including guides, case studies and related documentation.

Using Evidence: What works? (2016)

'Using Evidence: What Works?’ is an introduction to and discussion of the findings from the research project The Science of Using Science set up by the Alliance for Useful Evidence and funded by the Wellcome Trust and What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Webinar: What is good evidence? (2015)

Webinar from Evidence Exchange project provides an overview of different standards of evidence used by Nesta, Project Oracle and the Scottish Government. Discussing how decision-makers use them and how they may be used in the future.