1. What topic should you focus on?

There are many ways in which a search for evidence can be triggered. Some of the more common include:

  • Local evaluations of services
  • Service user feedback
  • Team results against national or local Performance Indicators
  • New national research findings
  • New legislation or guidance

When finalising your topic of investigation, ensure you can answer ‘yes’ to at least four of the five questions below:

  • It ties in with our strategic objectives and/or key priorities
  • It is important to service users
  • There is likely to be a body of research evidence on the topic
  • We will be able to evaluate our own practice in this area
  • We are able and prepared to change our practice in this area