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Supply and Demand: Evaluation Training for Social Work and Social Care in a Swedish Context
(FoU Sjuhärad Välfärd)
(FoU Sjuhärad Välfärd)
University of Borås, School of Health Science. (FoU Sjuhärad Välfärd)
2008 (English)In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227, Vol. 27, no 1, 19-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Only during the last two decades has the discourse on evaluation been on the Swedish agenda of social work and social care. One assumption is that a conscious need for evaluation knowledge and evaluation capacity has finally surfaced. This is based on the view that work efforts of social service organizations are regarded as chiefly authority-based and to a lesser degree based upon scientific knowledge. This article addresses two questions: which actors are involved in training evaluators in, and of, social work in Sweden and what kind of knowledge is communicated in training programmes? Further, is the discourse of evidence-based practice incorporated into the training of social workers? A national study in Sweden, conducted in 2002, reveals that only a minority of social work and social care students are exposed to the concept and practice of evaluation throughout their education, and this is in a most rudimentary way. R&D units offer practitioners more training in evaluation and related knowledge development activities. However, this work is not conducted in a focused manner nor is every Swedish municipality necessarily targeted. If evaluation education and training opportunities are viewed in light of a supply-and-demand situation, we may find an explanation of the current curriculum for evaluation in the social work educational system and the corresponding evaluation practice levels in social service organizations

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Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2008. Vol. 27, no 1, 19-34 p.
Keyword [en]
social work, social care, evaluation, evaluation training, evaluation education, evidence-based practice, social welfare organization, supply and demand, Evaluation; Social Work; Social Care
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2385DOI: 10.1080/02615470601141292Local ID: 2320/3288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2385DiVA: diva2:870476
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