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The Institute values the contribution that research excellence can make to developing the evidence base for health visiting practice and outcomes for children and families. We recognise that during the transition to local authority commissioning for health visiting services, it is going to be particularly important for practitioners and managers to access evidence of health visiting impact on public health outcomes and research training.



Evidence comes from primary research, synthesis of findings from research already conducted (reviews and digests), guidelines and policy and practice itself. It enables us to develop different ways of thinking about how health visitors can work with families and children most effectively, because evidence challenges the status quo and requires us to question current thought.

Here, we aim to provide access to research that the Institute is directly involved in, evidence digests and other relevant recent research, links to sources of research funds and links to research career information.

The Institute of Health Visiting is not a major funder of research.  We aim to develop research training and opportunities for health visitors to undertake research and to work in collaboration with universities and other organisations.