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In search for a model for knowledge production and practice research in Swedish social work
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2531-7018
2014 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 4, no 1, 70-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, a number of studies have shown that the scientific base for Swedish social work is weak and that methods for evaluation of practice are poorly developed. As a response to this, the government has made significant efforts to develop evidence-based practice (EBP) within social services. However, these efforts have so far been characterised as a top-down project, and as several authors have concluded, they have not proved productive. Therefore, they must, it is argued, give way to EBP where the role of the profession is central. This article should be seen as a contribution to the discussion of this alternative route. We try to tackle the crucial question about how the knowledge base for social work practice can be strengthened, and we discuss a model for developing education and research in collaboration with social work practice. In this, the tradition of Practice research has offered important points of departure.

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London: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 4, no 1, 70-85 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117456DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2014.938686OAI: diva2:808332
Available from: 2015-04-28 Created: 2015-04-28 Last updated: 2015-05-05

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