This research group conducts studies relevant for improving social work and child welfare, and supporting professional development and the quality of welfare services. In addition to using conventional research methods, the group includes action and collaborative research orientations, emphasizing an active role of researchers and an involvement of practitioners and service users in the research process.
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This group focuses on evaluating the outcomes of social work and child welfare measures or interventions at the micro-, meso- and macro-level. Measures and interventions are understood broadly here, from national programmes introduced along with the large scale societal reforms such as the Norwegian Labour and Welfare reform (Nav-reformen) to small scale regional or local initiatives within social work or child welfare. The concept of evaluation is also understood broadly, from strict randomized controlled trial designs to qualitative assessments through semi-structured interviews and observations, e.g. studying the implementation of an intervention and the participants’ experiences.
Furthermore, the group aims at developing theories of science and meta-perspectives related to concepts such as evidence-based practices, evidence-based policy-making, practice-based evidence, and knowledge translation, with the aim of finely gauging their potential for social and health practices, professionals and service users.