We believe that developing and using good research and evidence about the impact and effectiveness, and cost of adult social care can help guide the implementation of care and support that will improve the wellbeing of people and their carers. We also believe that whilst there are many great local social care innovations, there sometimes remains an opportunity to evaluate these innovations more fully, which would make it easier to decide whether they should be used routinely, by whom, and also whether they should be implemented elsewhere.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded 15 Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) to support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. The ARCs are working together on a number of national priority areas and the Kent Surrey and Sussex ARC (ARC KSS) is leading the national priorities collaboration on social care and social work.

Who we are:

  • The National Priorities programme for adult social care and work (IPASC) is a collaboration between nine ARC partners from across England
  • We are researchers and public advisors with expertise in social care and related areas, such as health care
  • The programme is led by Prof Julien Forder at the University of Kent, who is the social care lead at Kent Surrey and Sussex ARC.

Our aim:

  • To support and stimulate the implementation of evidence-based (evaluated) service change at a regional and national level in adult social care and social work, as identified by care users and carers, practitioners, professionals, providers, researchers, and the wider public.

Our approach:

  • To work with local and national partners and social care stakeholders, including service users and their carers, and with the general public, to identify social care activities and innovations that would benefit from (further) evaluation and support with (wider) implementation
  • To provide some targeted support with undertaking (further) evaluation of a set of promising social care activities
  • Helping with the implementation of these activities, by understanding how well they work, for whom, and in what circumstances (drawing on the evaluation and other evidence), and developing guidance accordingly.

Who we would like to work with:

  • Local authority colleagues who are involved with commissioning and/or providing social care
  • Providers of social care, including their professional organisations
  • The public and people using care, and their carers, and/or their representative organisations
  • Colleagues, organisations and projects involved with identifying social care innovations, offering implementation support, assisting with evaluation and so on.

How we can help:

  • Providing expertise and assistance in evaluation of social care for selected social care projects
  • Working with you to develop implementation guidance, as appropriate for those selected projects
  • Helping local partners to develop their evaluation and implementation capacity.

If you are interested in getting involved, or want to know more, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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