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Supply and Demand. Evaluation training for Social Work and Social Care in a Swedish Context

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 19-34
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Social Work Education
Volym: 27
Nummer: 1
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


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 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 programs? 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 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 to the current curriculum for evaluation in the social work educational system and the corresponding evaluation practice levels in social service organizations.


  • Social Work
  • social work
  • social care
  • evaluation
  • evaluation training
  • evaluation education
  • supply and demand
  • social welfare organization
  • evidence-based practice


  • ISSN: 1470-1227

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