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Welcome to the Research Mindedness Virtual Learning Resource. It has been funded by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), to help students and practitioners of social care and social work make greater and more effective use of research in their studies and in practice.

In an increasingly complex policy and practice world, social care and social work staff are required not only to provide high quality services, but also to base them on prior evidence of effectiveness and value for money. This means that staff must possess the ability and knowledge to make sound judgements about both these elements. In turn, this demands that staff should be able to view policy and practice issues in a particular way - they need to be 'research minded'.


With the above in mind, this learning resource aims to:

  • help you understand what being research minded means
  • assist you in assessing your current level of research mindedness
  • provide you with a range of resources for improving your research mindedness
  • support you in developing research-mindedness amongst fellow students, colleagues and other stakeholder partners or collaborators
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