4. What if your organisation is not ready or able to make changes to practice?

Whatever scale of practice change you’re considering, be prepared to respond to challenges and resistance to change. Make sure you present your messages in terms that make sense to practitioners and that take account of constraints.

Focus on the gains, including any saved resources, staff development opportunities, links to new policies or legislation and potential positive publicity. And make it clear that your message is informed by the high-quality, reliable evidence you have gathered.

If change is still proving difficult, you may feel there are broader organisational issues you need to identify and tackle. Some relevant sources of guidance on change management in support of evidence-informed social services are identified in this section.