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Rapportering och kontroll i fokus: En studie av Arbetsförmedlingens utvärderingsverksamhet
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
2017 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore evaluation in the Swedish Public Employment Service, with particular focus on how the use of evaluations looks like. The study consists of two studies. The first one is an analysis of the Employment Service’s all policy documents that describe or mention evaluation as well as an interview-study with all the management staff in one of the Employment Service’s local labor market units. The second study is a comparative study with analysis of the Employment Service’s entire evaluation production for the years 2010 and 2015. The results show that the Swedish Public Employment Service is a hierarchically controlled governmental organization with routines for effective communication of management's messages to all levels in the organization. Employment Service's evaluation is governed and implemented centrally and communicated from the top, down through the organization. Evaluations are mainly used as a routine for checking and reporting, as well as accounting to the government. Managers on a middle and local level find that much of the evaluation is about control, and that control is not adapted to needs of the everyday business on the local level. Evaluation activities are extensive. Evaluations seems to have become an end in itself, used in legitimizing purposes rather than as a tool for developing of the service to the clients. Half of the evaluations that the Employment Service carried out by their own, is regular evaluations. Almost all evaluations carried out by the European Social Fund Council in Sweden and “Samordningsförbund” (associations for coordination of social projects) are single occasion-evaluations. Legitimizing dominates the use of evaluation, both 2010 and 2015 in evaluating production. Evaluation for improving of the service to the clients is mentioned only in a small number of policy documents. Evaluations that includes the client’s perspective as well as proposals for change occurs to a limited extent in both 2010 and 2015. The Organization of the Employment Service's evaluation activities are heavily influenced by New Public Management's management philosophy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2017. , 91 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Social work, ISSN 1651-145X ; 20
Keyword [en]
Evaluation, Public Employment Service, New Public Management
National Category
Social Work Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57585ISBN: 978-91-7529-193-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57585DiVA: diva2:1093679
Presentation
2017-05-12, Örebro universitet, Långhuset, sal L159, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2017-05-08 Created: 2017-05-08 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Användning av utvärderingar inom Arbetsförmedlingen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Användning av utvärderingar inom Arbetsförmedlingen
2016 (Swedish)In: Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, ISSN 1400-9692, Vol. 22, no 1, 6-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Arbetsförmedlingen använder utvärdering huvudsakligen för kontroll och återrapportering till regeringen och inte för verksamhetsutveckling avseende förbättring av stödet till de arbetssökande. Det visar en analys av policydokument och kvalitativa intervjuer med ledningspersonal inom ett lokalt arbetsmarknadsområde. Arbetsförmedlingens utvärderingar genomförs centralt och kommuniceras nedåt i organisationen. New public management-modellen i organisationen tycks vara överordnad Arbetsförmedlingens funktion som människobehandlande organisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2016
National Category
Social Work Public Administration Studies Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57587 (URN)
Available from: 2017-05-08 Created: 2017-05-08 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved
2. Arbetsförmedlingens utvärderingsproduktion 2010 och 2015: En jämförande studie
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Arbetsförmedlingens utvärderingsproduktion 2010 och 2015: En jämförande studie
(Swedish)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Work Public Administration Studies Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57588 (URN)
Available from: 2017-05-08 Created: 2017-05-08 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved

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