Evidence Informed Practice in the Design of Services

I’m currently sat at Stockholm train station en route to ServDes – a service design and innovation conference taking place this week in Linköping. Tomorrow myself and Ferg are running an unconference session, we’re hoping to talk to people there about what they consider evidence to be and how they use it in their practice. Obviously this is related to work, but it’s also a genuinely fascinating question. Last week we started asking people on twitter what evidence meant to them. The responses we’ve had can be seen here, they’re great, really diverse and wide ranging. If you’d like to take part please feel free to tweet with the hashtag #servdeseip what evidence means to you. We’re hoping to tweet the session tomorrow so be sure to check the hashtag or our twitter streams @georgejulian or @fergusbisset to see more.

You can learn more about the conference, including some of the other unconference sessions outline over at http://www.servdes.org – there are some really interesting sessions, I’m a tiny bit disappointed that we are running a session and can’t join one of the others! You can also see the main conference papers here and check out the snow on the webcam here.

Our session outline follows – please do join in.

What we would like to share with you?

We hope participants will be interested in debating what counts as evidence, sharing how they use evidence in their own practice as well as discussing the ethical implications of not using evidence as part of their professional practice. This discussion will offer insights into how we can all best use evidence to improve our professional practice and to support the design of services in a way that will measurably improve people’s lives.

In true UnConference style we do not want to present or structure the day too much, presenting you an opportunity for discussions specific to your own sector and the use of evidence in your own practice.

Is this session for you?

We hope that people will feel able to drop in and out of our session (Room 5) and offer their input throughout the day. Our only request is that you come with your own views and experiences and are willing to share them – we are looking for debate and discussion and do not claim to have the answers ourselves. We do not expect anyone to have any specialist knowledge about evidence, research, health or social care or even design…but if you have an enthusiasm for reflecting on your own experiences and those of others or experience and interest in the way people evidence their personal and professional practice and experiences, we’d be delighted if you joined our session at some point throughout the day.

What do we do?

We are both currently involved in promoting the use of evidence-informed practice in adult health and social care in the UK at research in practice for adults. With a focus on knowledge transfer and knowledge creation, co-production and knowledge exchange, ripfa offer an eclectic range of approaches and organisational experience in empowering people to understand, create and use evidence. We would happily introduce these and specifically the Change Project model, an innovative method for applying research, building research capacity and empowering both personal and organisational behavioural change.

How to participate

If you are at ServDes please do come along to see us in person, otherwise please do get in touch via twitter. We’re going to be using the Twitter hashtag #servdeseip, so feel free to follow that or check in occasionally on our mini-site http://www.ripfa.co.uk/evidence-informed-practice-in-the-design-of-services/latest-updates/. We will update the mini-site with the preparations for, progress of and reflections from the Unconference session.

Who are we?

Ferg is a social designer with a particular interest in motivation, behaviour change and winter sports; George is a former academic and researcher with a passion for evidence, honesty and cake.

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