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Understandings of Evidence-based Practice among politicians, managers and executive staff in social welfare agencies
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6784-0133
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
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This paper aims to explore and describe understandings of EBP among various actors in social welfare agencies in Sweden. Method Fourteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with politicians, managers and executive staff in social welfare agencies in Sweden. Result The main findings suggest that there are four understandings concerning the concept of EBP. These are labeled: i) popular discourse; ii) procedural application; iii) transparent view; and iv) philosophical approach. Conclusion Although the analysis is ongoing, the results point to certain inconsistencies concerning how EBP is understood in social welfare practice. This variation in understandings is explained in terms of attitudes and beliefs regarding the view of practice, quality and knowledge. However, EBP was difficult to account for depending on what was expressed as deficient knowledge of EBP in the organization, as well as its’ ability to provide an applicable atmosphere.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77936OAI: diva2:529975
Nordic Working Life Conference
Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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