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Lessons learned for the 21st century: the realization of evidence-based practice
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2655-2132
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

“The evidence-wave” as Evert Vedung expresses it travels over the globe. This session reports from its appearance in Swedish social welfare where it has a strong support at the national level which affects local agencies who prepare for something they suppose will support efforts to improve their undertakings, unclear how. Organizations are supposed to implement EBP but they are uncertain participating actors in weak networks. Participant shifts, assignment switches and uncertainty about the networks’ purpose creates difficult conditions for successful implementation. Thus, a weak top-down control and a weak local network organization provide limited opportunities to ensure that evidence-based studies based on outcome evaluations have an impact. Knowledge from the evaluation-society seems not to have affected this process. This session should be highly relevant for the evaluation community as our ability to both design and critically examine dissemination processes of EBP is of vital importance for evaluation practice.

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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40567OAI: diva2:792105
EES Conference “Evaluation for an equitable society”, Dublin, 1 – 3 Oct, 2014
Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2015-03-03 Last updated: 2015-04-10Bibliographically approved

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