Knowledge into Action at Scale


In this project we examine effective and cost-effective large-scale approaches to education about quality improvement, and to creating change through knowledge translation and exchange. This project supports existing work to upskill the health and social care workforce in Scotland and reaches beyond Scotland to a UK and international audience. 

Our Current Focus

The first course Compassionate Care: Getting it Right was launched on the 31st October 2016 and has been a collaboration across several organisations, including the University of Dundee, University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University, University of St Andrews, Queen Margaret University, NHS Fife, NHS Tayside, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and NHS Education Scotland.  

What's Been Happening

MOOC Evaluation

In addition to supporting in excess of 8,000 learners who registered for the Compassionate Care MOOC; we are also undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the first iteration of the Compassionate Care MOOC.

This research is primarily concerned with participants' experience of learning in the MOOC and how this relates to course design and delivery. The project will also examine connections between learning and how knowledge is used in practice.

We aim to establish what works well for learners in a health-related MOOC and what could be improved to enhance learning experience and help the learners apply newly gained knowledge in real life.

Key People


Take a look at the Compassionate Care MOOC research website for more information on the research project. We are expecting first reports on this project in summer 2017.  You can register now for Compassionate Care: Getting It Right and Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design, or sign up to receive notifications when we release new courses. 


Outputs from the KiAS workstream can be accessed on our publications page.

Further Information

SISCC are developing new research to understand how behaviour change techniques within online courses can be used to improve health and social care. If you would like to take part, please complete the form below.