Creating a research culture

What is a ‘research culture?’

Having a culture of research in a Local Authority means that staff at different levels throughout the department have ownership of research, its messages and implications, and are committed to doing something about it.

The importance of a research culture

Children’s services interviewees identified a lack of a research culture as a key barrier to research having an impact on children’s services. If research does not become part of everyday practice and its potential is not recognised, it is unlikely that new developments, policy or practice will be informed by the experiences of others. Being mindful of research findings can enhance new developments and ensure they are driven by good practice.

How can a research culture be created?

What else Local Authorities can do to improve their use of research