We have four distinct research aims...

Aim One: To lead and promote the development of a culture of research-mindedness, evidence-enriched practice, and research activity in social care services in Wales.

Aim Two: To increase the quantity and quality of social care research in both practice and academia through providing leadership.

Aim Three: To help develop, improve and support public involvement in social care research in Wales.

Aim Four: To help identify social care research priorities and knowledge gaps in Wales, and to assist the sector to address those areas.


Public Involvement and Engagement

The School aims to lead by example in facilitating, developing, and championing innovative and fully embedded public involvement in all appropriate aspects of social care research in Wales. The School has members of the public recruited through the Involving People Network on its Advisory Group which provides strategic direction for the School. The School also has a network of ‘Friends of the School’. This network aims to promote and encourage public engagement in the work of the School through regular communication highlighting upcoming events, news and opportunities to be involved in. Sign up at the bottom of the page to become a 'Friend of the School'. 


Developing Evidence Enriched Practice

The work of the School is informed by the Developing Evidence Enriched Practice (DEEP) approach. This approach is an appreciative, collaborative and democratic approach to the discovery, exploration and use of research alongside contextual knowledge in service and workforce development.

The DEEP project was developed through a partnership involving the All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC), the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and six practice sites (five in Wales and one in Scotland). This pilot project was led by Swansea University and informed by principles of dialogue, multiple sources of knowledge and collaboration.