About RiP & RiPfA

Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults are two Dartington enterprises that directly impact and improve the lives of children, families and adults by supporting social care professionals in their day-to-day work.

They promote the use of evidence-informed practice – using a mixture of academic research, practice experience, and the views of people who use services and carers to inform the decisions we make about social care practice.


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Research in Practice (RiP) aim to bridge the gaps between research, practice and service users’ lived experiences to improve practice – and ultimately outcomes – for children and families.

Their network model allows RiP independence from any government or policy agenda to provide support that is truly sector-led. They work closely with a partnership network to ensure their work responds to the most pressing issues facing children’s services.

Visit: www.rip.org.uk ⇒

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Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) is an independent charity formed in 2005 at the request of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). They had recognised the work of Research in Practice in the children’s sector, and wanted to apply it to adults’ services.

Their vision is to improve the outcomes and experience of people who use adult social care services. RiPfA do this by supporting those working in the adult social care and health sectors to improve their practice through the provision, creation and application of research and other evidence.

Visit: www.ripfa.org.uk ⇒


Dartington Hall: how our history shapes our work with children, families and adults

Dartington Hall 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 radical 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 contribute to and support developments in social justice. Through two of Dartington’s enterprises, Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults, we directly impact and improve the lives of children, families and adults – by supporting social care professionals in their day-to-day work.

It is widely understood that social care can be a very challenging yet rewarding career. Together with the added pressures on budgets, time and resources, social workers and their other colleagues can often experience immense strain in their work to provide support to some of the country’s most vulnerable individuals and their families.


“As a social worker supporting a family through difficulty, you need to know that the advice you give and decisions you make are right”


Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults are an invaluable source of support to the social work profession. It may sound simple, but offering resources to local authorities and voluntary sector agencies – access to research evidence; training to use this evidence; and support to evaluate the impact of their work – can make a huge difference.

RiP: working to improve the lives of children, families and adults

As a social worker supporting a family through difficulty, you need to know that the advice you give and decisions you make are right; that you are doing ‘what works’. RiP and RiPfA help social workers and other professionals to understand the evidence available and to apply that knowledge effectively.

Every year these initiatives offer a series of events in a learning programme, provide members with tailored support to address their key priorities, produce accessible research resources throughout the year, and provide space online for colleagues to learn from and support each other.

Between both organisations, support is provided to hundreds of local authorities and a large number of charitable organisations.


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