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Association of Directors of Social Service (ADSS)
Membership-based organisation which represents all the directors of social services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ATLAS
ATLAS.ti is a powerful workbench for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. It offers a variety of tools for accomplishing the tasks associated with any systematic approach to "soft" data--i.e., material which cannot be analyzed by formal, statistical approaches in meaningful ways.

Bath Information and Data Services (BIDS)
Bibliographic data and electronic journals for education and research. A user name and password are required for access to much of this site. Free to UK HE details usually available from library or resource centre.

Barnardos
Barnardos helps the most vulnerable children and young people transform their lives. They run projects across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Every project is different but each has the same goal - to help disadvantaged children reach their full potential.

Be Evidence based
This CEBSS report has a section on 'User Led research'.

Bill Trochim´s Center for Social Research Methods
On-line social research course. Sections on: designing research methods, using statistics, simulation exercises, tutorials, evaluating web pages and links to other research method web pages.

British Council of Disabled People
BCODP is the UK's national organisation of the worldwide Disabled People's Movement. It was established in 1981 by disabled people to promote their full equality and participation in UK society. BCDOP now represents some 126 groups run by disabled people in the UK at national level.

British Official Publications Current Awareness Service (BOPCAS)
BOPCAS came about as a result of a bid for funding under the auspices of the Follett Report. It is based in the Ford Collection of British Official Publications in the Hartley Library at the University of Southampton.

BUBL
A national information service for the higher education community in the UK. Includes an abstracting service for a wide range of journals.

Caldicott Standards
The December 1997 Caldicott Report identified weaknesses in the way parts of the NHS handled confidential patient data. The report made several recommendations, one of which was the appointment of Caldicott Guardians, members of staff with a responsibility to ensure patient data is kept secure.

Campbell Collaboration (C2)
A non-profit international organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral and educational arenas. C2's objectives are to prepare, maintain and disseminate systematic reviews of studies of interventions. C2 builds summaries and electronic brochures of reviews and reports of trials for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and the public.

Care Council for Wales
Employment-led body leading on education, training and workforce development strategy for social care, including social work in Wales.

caredata
Caredata was a bibliographic database originally produced by the UK's National Institute for Social Work (NISW). It was absorbed into the electronic Library for Social Care (eLSC) and is now incorporated into Social Care Online.

Centre for Applied Social Surveys (CASS)
CASS is an ESRC Resource Centre run jointly by the SCPR and the University of Southampton, with the University of Surrey. It provides short courses in survey methods and is developing a survey Question Bank for use by social scientists and social researchers in the academic world, government, market research and the independent and voluntary sectors.

Centre for Disability Studies
CDS is an interdisciplinary centre for teaching and research in the field of disability studies at the University of Leeds (England). The Centre incorporates and develops the work of the Disability Research Unit (DRU) and aims to promote international excellence within the field.

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM)
The Centre has been established in Oxford as the first of several centres around the country whose broad aim is to promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to anyone who wants to make use of them.

Centre for Evidence Based Social Services (CEBSS)
CEBSS is a research centre based at the University of Exeter. The Centre is jointly funded by the Department of Health and a consortium of social services departments in the south and west of England. The aims of the Centre are: to translate the results of research into service and practice development; to advise management on new initiatives; to disseminate research findings to policy makers, managers, practitioners, service users and carers; to commission new research to fill gaps in knowledge; and to work with training and DipSW course staff to encourage greater use of research.

Centre for Human Service Technology (CHST)
The Centre for Human Service Technology is a research and development centre in the Department of Social Work Studies at the University of Southampton. It works to ensure effective use of communication and information technologies within human services education, training and practice, through research contracts and funded projects. It also houses the Learning and Teaching Support Network subject centre for Social Policy and Social Work.

Centre for Research on the Child and Family
The Centre for Research on the Child and Family is based in the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology the Centre was established to promote research and teaching on practical moral problems in the professions. The site holds over 850 codes of ethics from various professions.

Children's House
Set up by a large consortium of institutions from the academic, voluntary and private sectors Children's House is an interactive resource centre which aims to support the generation and dissemination of knowledge about children's issues. It does this my means of subject-based links pages.

Childwatch International
Childwatch International is a non-profit, non-governmental network of institutions involved in research for children. It aims to initiate and coordinate research and information projects on children's living conditions and the implementation on children's rights as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Includes a database of European child research.

Code of Ethics for Social Work and Social Care Research
This is a paper presented at one of the seminars in the Theorising Social Work Research series organised by the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee, the National Institute for Social Work and the Association of University Professors of Social Work, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. This paper was given as part of the seminar on "Researching the Social Work Process".

Collection of Historical and Contemporary Census Data and Related Materials (CHCC)
This is the CHCC project web site which will be used to disseminate information about the project. The CHCC project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of its initiative to enhance JISC services for learning and teaching. The project runs from October 2000 to September 2003. The central aim of the project is to increase use of the CHCC in learning and teaching by: improving accessibility to the primary data resources; developing an integrated set of learning and teaching materials; improving awareness about the contexts in which Census data can be used in learning and teaching Integrating contextual materials Providing access to web-based data exploration/visualisation tools Developing resource discovery tools via a Census portal.

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
CAQDAS is a project based at the University of Surrey which aims to provide practical support and information in the use of a range of software programs which have been designed to assist qualitative data analysis. The project also provides various platforms for debate concerning the methodological and epistemological issues arising from the use of such software. The site provides links to a number of different software packages and hosts a discussion/mailing list.

Critical Appraisal
A website about critical appraisal that includes: Tutorials | Tools | Discussion Groups | CATs | Diagnostic Instruments | Economic Evaluations | Meta Analyses/Reviews | Study Design | Quality of Life Measures

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)
CASP is a programme within Learning & Development at the Public Health Resource Unit.  Since 1993 the programme has helped to develop an evidence-based approach in health and social care, working with local, national and international groups. CASP aims to enable individuals to develop the skills to find and make sense of research evidence, helping them to put knowledge into practice. 

Department of Health Research and Development
The website of the Department of Health's Research and Development work. The Department invests in research to support government objectives for public health, health services and social care, as well as contributing to the government science strategy.

disability-research
This list is intended for all those interested in research as it affects disabled people both in the UK and internationally. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and news, particularly among researchers working within a social model of disablement.

Division of Public Health & Primary Health Care (DPHPC) at Oxford formerly the Instutue fo Health Services has been set up to complement the work being done in the Institute of Molecular Medicine and to make a distinct contribution to solving the health and health care problems of the 21st century.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The ESRC is the UK's largest independent funding agency for research and postgraduate training into social and economic issues. Its goals are: to support high-quality research and postgraduate training that will contribute to economic competitiveness, the quality of life and the effectiveness of public services and policy; ensure that researchers have the training, resources and infrastructure to continue to make advances, including the necessary datasets and methodologies; broaden the public's knowledge and understanding of the contribution that the social sciences can make to policymakers, businesses and the public at large.

Electronic Library for Social Care (eLSC)
The eLSC replaced CareData and in turn has been replaced by Social Care Online as the major social care resources database containing over 50,000 summaries of books and other information.

Ethnograph
Ethnograph was developed by Qualis Research and it is a software program to assist in the analysis of qualitative research on text data such as interviews and telephone surveys. It allows researchers to identify, retrieve and analyse text from documents.

Evidence Based Practice
The book covers the context of evidence-based practice, the anatomy of evidence-based practice: principles and methods, evidence-based practice in general practice and primary care, evidence-based practice in mental health, evidence-based public health; evidence-based nursing practice, evidence-based practice in social work and probation, evidence-based practice in education and the contribution of educational research.

General Social Care Council (GSCC)
The General Social Care Council was established in October 2001 under the Care Standards Act 2000, as the guardian of standards for the social care workforce in England. Its job is to increase the protection of service users, their carers and the general public by regulating the social care workforce and by ensuring that work standards within the social care sector are of the highest quality.

GreyNet
GreyNet seeks to facilitate dialog and communication between persons and organisations in the field of grey literature; and to identify and distribute information on and about grey literature in networked environments. Its main activities include the International Conference Series on Grey Literature, the creation and maintenance of web-based resources, and the establishment of a moderated Listserv.

Growing Older: ESRC Research Programme on Extending Quality of Life
The Growing Older Programme consists of 24 research projects focussed on how to extend the quality of life in old age. They were commissioned together as part of a £3.5 million investment by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is expected that, by operating as a concerted programme, this research effort will be able to produce added value and make a substantial impact on policy and practice. The Programme covers six research topics: Defining and Measuring Quality of Life; Inequalities in Quality of Life; The Role of Technology and the Built Environment; Healthy and Productive Ageing; Family and Support Networks; Participation and Activity in Later Life. The Web site gives abstracts of the individual projects including the aims, objectives, project design and policy implications. Also available under publications are the research findings of the projects as they become available. These research findings are in pdf format for which users will require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Higher Education Academy
Formerly the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) , the HEA has the main aim of promoting high quality learning, teaching and assessment in its subject areas. SWAP is the subject centre for Social Policy and Social Work and has an extensive list of resources and links to support learning and teaching in social work

Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE)
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges. In doing so, it aims to promote high quality education and research, within a financially healthy sector. The Council also plays a key role in ensuring accountability and promoting good practice.

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales is an Assembly Sponsored Public Body established in May 1992 under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The Council is concerned with the funding of colleges and institutions of higher education in Wales. It also has the power to fund higher education in further education colleges.

Higher Education and Research Opportunities (HERO)
HERO is the official gateway site to the UK's universities, colleges and research organisations.

Information for Social Care (IfSC)
IfSC is a programme of inter-related projects to improve quality and performance in social services through better use of information and IT, especially by innovative and strategic approaches.

Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship is an Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Managing Change website designed with the intention of sharing free information related to Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Leading Change, Teamworking or Human Resource Development in Public Sector and Welfare Services.

Instat: INteractive STATistics Package for PCs
This program provides advice and guidance on using statistics as well as the means to enter, analyse and display results, using a wide variety of statistical techniques. The program includes facilities for recoding, sorting and grouping data and selecting sub sets. Parametric and non-parametric statistics and time series are included such as t-tests, chi square, multiple regression, analysis of variance. Presentation uses histograms, scatter plots, box plots, stem and leaf. Can be freely copied. Registration only needed for Guides or technical support. Joan Knock and Roger Stern, Statistical Services Centre, University of Reading DOS.

Institute of Public Care
The Institute of Public Care brings together the existing work of the Social Services Research and Development Unit (SSRADU) and Oxford Dementia Centre (ODC) into an umbrella organisation that works at the interface between primary care, social care and social care housing. It includes the Electronic Social Care Record for children with disabilities.

International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
IASSW was founded in Paris, France in 1928 and is the international association representing schools of social work at tertiary level worldwide.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
The IBSS database holds over 1,800,000 references to journal articles, book reviews, monographs and selected book chapters. Over 90,000 new references are added each year. The information is available on-line, as a CD-ROM and in printed volumes. IBSS Online is available free to students, researchers, faculty and staff at over 140 higher education institutions and ESRC-recognised independent research institutes in the United Kingdom.

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is a global organisation striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the development of social work, best practices and international cooperation between social workers and their professional organisations.

Internet social worker
An interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of Internet resources. Includes, A 'teach yourself' tutorial on Internet information skills for social workers; Tour some key Internet sites for social workers; Discover tools and techniques to improve your Internet searching; Review the critical thinking required when using the Internet; Reflect on how to use the Internet for studying, teaching or research.

INVOLVE
National NHS group promoting public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is one of the largest independent social policy research and development charities in the UK. It supports a wide programme of research and development projects in housing, social care and social policy. The Foundation also carries out practical innovative projects in housing and care through the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. We seek to ensure that these and the findings from the research programme are helpful in the development of better policies and practices across the UK

King's Fund
The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation whose goal is to improve health, especially in London

Leverhulme Trust
The Trust, established at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas.

Looking After Children Computer System.
Software that assists collection of data on children in a standard format.

Making Research Count
This innovative collaborative venture between seven English universities offers staff in Local Authority Social Services Departments (and the NHS and voluntary organisations where joint schemes are running) the opportunity to work in partnership with their academic colleagues to develop evidence-based social work and social care practice, and to improve the dissemination of research.

Modernising Social Services
Government plans for improving social services including the Quality Protects programme.

National Assembly of Wales Research and Evaluation
Research and Evaluation projects are carried out across the Assembly as research officials are co-located with policy officials. Some policy divisions have their own areas on this web site, with pages for Research and Evaluation, and one of the main purposes of these pages is to provide a central contact point for external users so that they can easily find the information that is already available. Information is also provided for potential research and evaluation contractors and for individuals who are looking for research or evaluation posts at the Assembly.

National Centre for Social Research
Formerly Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) the National Centre for Social Research specialises in social surveys and qualitative research for the development and evaluation of public policy. The major part of the institute's work lies in the design, conduct and analysis of quantitative social surveys on behalf of various public bodies, including central government, research councils, charitable trusts, and foundations.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect acquires, preserves and disseminates high quality datasets relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect. Their mission is to facilitate the secondary analysis of research data relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect. The material is accessed by means of a searchable database.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE was set up as a Special Health Authority for England and Wales on 1 April 1999  It is part of the National Health Service (NHS), and its role is to provide patients, health professionals and the public with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current "best practice".

Northern Ireland Social Care Council
Employment-led body leading on education, training and workforce development strategy for social care, including social work in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Higher Education Council (NIHEC)
NIHEC is responsible for the formulation, development and oversight of the implementation of higher education policy in accordance with Northern Ireland needs.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the UK charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. It has been protecting children from abuse for over 100 years. The NSPCC is the only children's charity in the UK with statutory powers enabling it to act to safeguard children at risk. The home page includes links to an information bank.

Norah Fry Research Centre
The Norah Fry Research Centre is based in the Department of Mental Health at the University of Bristol. The Centre conducts research into services for people with learning difficulties.

Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive (ARK)
ARK is a joint project between Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster. It is a web resource that allows access to a range of social and political material relevant to Northern Ireland. ARK consists of three components. ORB, the Online Research Bank, contains summaries of social policy relevant research focused on Northern Ireland. ORB allows public access to the world of academic and government social policy research. The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey is a resource for anyone interested in the social attitudes of people living in Northern Ireland. The Survey asks questions on everything from politics to pensions, from education to the environment.

Nuffield Foundation
The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charity. The funds are used mainly to support self contained projects which advance education or social welfare, often by means of research or practical innovation. The Foundation has several award schemes which support certain defined activities, including academic research. The schemes cover the following areas: social science; science (research grants, education, rheumatism and arthritis research); education for women; ageing; commonwealth.

Organizational Research Methods
Aims to bring relevant methodological developments to a wide range of researchers in organizational and management studies. Electronic access available to subscribers.

Personal Social Services Performance Assessment Framework (PAF)
PAF was launched in November 1999 as 'a set of indicators large enough to be comprehensive and small enough to be manageable, to be consistent with best practice and it sits at the heart of performance assessment in a wider sense'. The key elements are shown graphically (courtesy of the DoH).

Pinpoint
Described as 'the Complete Survey Solution', Pinpoint provides researchers with facilities for questionnaire design, data collection, survey analysis and graphics and charting. Pinpoint is a commercial product from Logotron.

Policy Hub
This site aims to promote strategic thinking and improve policy making across government. It provides tailored access to resources and activities from the UKand abroad that help formulate, develop and evaluate policy more efficiently and effectively.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
QAA's mission is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education. It was established in 1997 and is an independent body funded by subscriptions from universities and colleges of higher education, and through contracts with the main higher education funding bodies.

Quality Protects
The Quality Protects Programme is a key part of the Government's wider strategy for tackling social exclusion. It focuses on working with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in our society. Those children looked after by councils; in the child protection system; and other children in need.

Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice
Qualitative Social Work provides a forum for those interested in qualitative research and evaluation and in qualitative approaches to practice. The journal facilitates interactive dialogue and integration between those interested in qualitative research and methodology and those involved in the world of practice. It reflects the fact that these worlds are increasingly international and interdisciplinary in nature.

Question Mark Perception
Question Mark Perception is one of a number of programs from Question Mark Computing that include QM Presenter, QM Report, QM Web, Better Testing and Network Guardian. QM Designer allows users to design and deliver questionnaires, tests, exams and other types of assessment and to score the responses. QM for the Web enables users to create tests and surveys and deliver them via the WWW.

QSR N6
Software designed to aid researchers in handling Non-numerical Unstructured Data by supporting processes of Indexing, Searching and Theorising´. It is used with a researcher's text to search, categorise, index, organise and search for links between categories. It can also be used to present analysis of results. QSR Merge is included with version 4.0 This utility allows the researcher to merges different research projects or convert data cross platforms i.e. Mac to PC.

REGARD
Regard was an online database of social science research now subsumed into ESRC Society Today. Their Advanced search option enables more specific searching or research resources.

Register of Independent Researchers (RIR)
RIR is a national database holding a range of information about independent social researchers including their current work interests, their areas of specialism and experience. All work on a freelance or contract basis.

research in practice
The aim of this site is to promote better access to research about vulnerable children and families and so support the development of evidence based planning and services. This database can be accessed only by users from registered local authorities in the UK.

Research on Social Work Practice
Devoted to the publication of empirical research concerning methods and outcomes of social work practice. Social work practice is broadly interpreted to refer to the application of intentionally designed social work interventions to problems of societal and interpersonal importance.

Research Web
This web site has been established with funding from the Scottish Executive, and is being developed as a tool for the informed social work professional. It aims to provide a sound knowledge base for those involved in social work and social care practice and policy. The type of information and research provided is designed to be up-to-date, concise but thorough, and always selected with practice in mind.

Rethink
Rethink is the largest severe mental illness charity in the UK. As of and July 2002 'Rethink' became the new operating name for 'The National Schizophrenia Fellowship'. Rethink is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by severe mental illness, whether they have a condition themselves, care for others who do, or are professionals or volunteers working in the mental health field.

Scottish Addiction Studies
Scottish Addiction Studies (formerly Scottish Drugs Training Project) is a collaboration of staff throughout the Department of Applied Social Science with an interest in drug and alcohol misuse. Activities within the group are extensive; from on-line teaching and information services to evaluation of interventions within the criminal justice system.

Scottish Drugs Training Project (SDTP)
See Scottish Addiction Studies

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC)
The Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) was established in June 1992 as a non-departmental public body responsible to the Scottish Executive. The Council provides financial support for teaching, research and associated activities in Scottish higher education institutions.

Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care (SIRCC)
The Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care was established on April 1st 2000 The aim of the Institute is to ensure that residential child care staff throughout Scotland have access to the skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.

Scottish Social Care Council
Employment-led body leading on education, training and workforce development strategy for social care, including social work in Scotland.

Service users' knowledges and social work theory: conflict or collaboration?
ESRC funded research by Professor Peter Beresford of Brunel University. Online article about the relationship between social work theory and knowledge of service users. A contribution towards the understanding of Social work as a research-based discipline.

Skills for Care
New name for the Training Organisation for Personal Social Services (TOPSS England) as the English employment-led body leading on education, training and workforce development strategy for social care, including social work. Equivalent bodies for other part of the UK are Scottish Social Care Council, Care Council for Wales and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council

SNAP survey software
Windows based survey and data analysis package Mercator Computer Systems Ltd Windows CD-ROM.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE's purpose is to collect and synthesise up-to-date knowledge about what works in social care, and to make that knowledge available and accessible to people working in and using social services.

Social Care OnLIne
Spocial Care Online is part of SCIE and is the UK's most extensive social care database. It offers free access to social care information and includes research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites. It also has publications of voluntary organisations, and articles from a wide range of journal titles. Other resources available are best practice guidelines and standards, SCIE best practice guides, useful links and tutorials to improve searching skills. It replaces the Electronic Library for Social Care (eLSC), which in turn replaced CareData.

Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Since its establishment in 1973, SPRU s work has been concerned with the development of policies and the delivery of services to support people made vulnerable by poverty, ageing, disability or chronic illness. To date most of its work has been within the related fields of social security, social care and health care.

Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)
SOSIG is a project of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN) which provides a centralised means of access to social science resources available over the Internet.

Society for Research into Higher Education
This is the web site of an independent society which aims to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement of debate and publication on the issues of policy, on the organisation and management of higher education institutions and their curriculum, teaching and learning methods.

Sociological Research Online
Online version of the journal Sociological Research. The journals subject area is "applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates". Index and abstracts are provided but for full text a subscription is needed.

Southampton Behavioural Research Service
These web pages provide information and updates on the Evaluation Study of the Behaviour Resource Service (BRS).

Statement Of Ethical Practice For The British Sociological Association
BSA guidelines that are in use by many courses.

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
SPSS UK is part of SPSS Inc which produces a range of SPPS products including SPSS, SYSTAT, QI Analyst, MapInfo, Neural Connection and SPSS CHIAD. The basic SPSS module includes data entry capabilities, data analysis and graphical presentation of results. The company has now launched a full version of SPSS for students and a tutor pack consisting of two elements; Essential SPSS and Essential Social Statistics.

Statistics for the Terrified
Software that teaches students how to use and apply statistics within their field of learning. A downloadable demo version is available.

Sure Start
Sure Start describes itself as "the Government's programme to deliver the best start in life for every child by bringing together: early education, childcare, health and family support".

SWAP HE Academy subject centre
SWAP is the subject centre for Social Policy and Social Work - one of 24 discipline-based centres, which form the UK-wide Higher Education Academy, has an extensive list of resources and links to support learning and teaching in social work

Theorising Social Work Research
A series of papers from the ESRC Seminars on 'Theorising Social Work Research' held between May 1999 and December 2000.

Training Organisation for Personal Social Services (TOPSS England)
Topss was the employment-led body leading on education, training and workforce development strategy for social care, including social work. Now replaced by Skills for Care. Equivalent bodies for other part of the UK are Scottish Social Care Council, Care Council for Wales and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council

University of Wolverhampton Universities & HE Colleges
An interactive map which has links directly to particular information resources within UK FE/HE

Valuing People
The Valuing People Support Team was set up as part of the Valuing People White Paper and will exist until March 2006. It offers support and advice to people working to change services; helps people get together to talk and share ideas; listens to what people are saying; and tells the government what people are saying so they can change things.

Wales Office of Research and Development (WORD)
The National Assembly for Wales set the policies, priorities and funding framework for Health and Social Care in Wales. Within the Assembly, WORD has responsibility for taking these policies forward. Their two core functions are to develop policy and priorities in Research and Development for Health and Social Care in Wales; and to commission and manage high quality Research projects from their inception to dissemination.

Wales - also see National Assembly of Wales above

         
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