Evidence and Research in Practice

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in the evaluation of research evidence, in order to guide and inform professional practice and policy decisions. It provides underpinning knowledge and understanding of research methods, enabling you to develop skills in the critical appraisal of research. It also supports preparation for a dissertation.

Both courses are offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and delivered at our Glenside Campus

Course content includes:

  • Questioning professional practice:
    • The nature of knowledge, types of evidence, the relationship between research and policy. The wider context of evidence based practice.
  • Research:
    • Interpretation of findings, identifying influences on validity, reliability and replication, the application of research to policy and practice, the dissemination of research evidence.
  • Management of change:
    • Strategies to facilitate change, responsibilities of the individual, organisation and the wider picture, e.g. national initiatives.


The course is delivered using a variety of approaches, including presentations, workshop activities, small group work, class discussion and individual tutorials. Learning is further supported by access to a web-based interactive resource tailored to the course.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector please contact your employer, who will advise you.

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