About RiP & RiPfA

Research in Practice (RiP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) are Dartington enterprises that support social care professionals in their day-to-day work.

They aim to support organisations and individuals to access, understand and apply evidence in their work with children, young people, adults and families. Their work brings together academic research, practice expertise and the voice of people with experience of using services to support professionals. This knowledge is used to create a range of publications, national workshops and conferences, webinars, in-house training, research and policy updates, case law and legal summaries and much more.

Research in Practice (RiP) has been helping organisations and individuals to access, understand and apply evidence in their work with children, young people and families since 1996. They aim to enable safer decision-making, more effective resource allocation and robust child-centred practice.
Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) has been helping organisations and individuals to access, understand and apply evidence in their work with adults, their families and carers since 2001. They aim to enable safer decision-making, more effective resource allocation and robust adult-centred practice.

How Dartington Hall’s history shapes our work with children, adults and families

Dartington has always been a place of ideas, innovation and social justice.

It has a rich history of shaping politics and policy, and was the birthplace of the Labour Party manifesto (‘Let Us Face the Future’). This manifesto formed the basis of the 1945 Labour government that created many of the institutions that are a fundamental part of British society today (the NHS and the welfare state, for example).

Today, Dartington continues to support developments in social justice and providing high-quality learning. The support provided to professionals by RiP and RiPfA is rooted in evidence and moral purpose, and is part of what can help them to ensure that communities and individuals achieve a many-sided life.

The learning resources created by RiP and RiPfA are aimed at those working in health and social care to support workforce development, enhance practice and enable professionals to make confident decisions when working with children, young people, adults and families.

RiP and RiPfA has over 160 Partners combined, including local authorities, voluntary organisations and residential providers.