Beyond Methodology. The problematic concept of implementing methodology - the case of social welfare evaluation in Sweden

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Abstract

When discussing choice of methodology in evaluation studies, it is wise to reflect upon
organizational considerations concerning contracting, conducting and utilization.
Based upon research conducted among social workers in Sweden this paper focuses upon
possibilities and problems in knowledge dissemination and usage. Powerful institutions in
Sweden are now encouraging knowledge development of social services. The goal presented
being to modernize social service organizations through the use of evaluations as a working
concept. The premise being then that intervention should be based upon how services are
valued by clients. Although the case is from Sweden it is argued that the topic crosses
international boundaries.
The paper stresses a multi-theoretical framework in order to understand this process. Such a
framework is applied.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2003

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Work

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