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  • 1.
    Bruhn, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Baianstovu, Rúna Í
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Johansson, Björn
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Att ta mark i professionen - nya socionomers yrkesval och karriärvägar: Rapport från en studie med särskilt fokus på socialtjänsten2020Report (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Jess, Kari
    et al.
    School of Health and Welfare, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
    Petersén, Anna Charlotta
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    From “What Works” to “Why it Works”: From a Humean to an Aristotelian Understanding of Causality2023In: Research on social work practice, ISSN 1049-7315, E-ISSN 1552-7581, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 686-694Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Authors of this theoretical article are questioning Hume's view on causality by arguing for Aristotle’s pluralistic view as an alternative strategy for social work research and practice.

    Methods: Aristotle's notion of causality is applied to discuss its relevance, and then tested on a real case, thereby illustrating how it can contribute to explain why something works.

    Results: Different types of causes can reveal characteristics that are preconditional for professional's and service user's mutual roles in enhancing outcomes. They can further reveal the architecture of the intervention; the underlying processes for actions to reach a desired goal.

    Discussion: To deliver knowledge of relevance in social work, one needs to explain the results of an intervention through causal analysis as well as understanding the content and processes of it. Aristotle's forms of causality make it possible to take the contextual historicism of social phenomenon into consideration and give knowledge beyond effects.

  • 3.
    Kullberg, Christian
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Alexanderson, Karin
    Dalarnas Forskningsråd.
    Henriksen, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Oscarsson, Lars
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Vårdöverenskommelsen: stimulansmedel till bättre vård och behandling av personer med tungt missbruk2009Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här rapporten innehåller en utvärdering av statliga stimulansmedel riktade till kommunerna, med syfte att stödja utvecklingen inom missbruks- och beroendevården. Under åren 2006 och 2007 fördelade länsstyrelserna 340 miljoner kronor till kommunerna med syfte att öka specialisering och integrering, öka tillgängligheten samt stärka arbetet med individuella vårdplaner. Socialstyrelsen har haft i uppdrag att biträda länsstyrelserna med kunskapsstöd, bland annat vad gäller effektiva metoder i missbruks- och beroendevården, samt att nationellt samordna, följa upp och utvärdera satsningen.

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    Vårdöverenskommelsen: stimulansmedel till bättre vård och behandling av personer med tungt missbruk
  • 4.
    Olsson, Jan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Berg, Monika
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Hysing, Erik
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Kristianssen, Ann-Catrin
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Policy i teori och praktik2019Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Policy, offentliga organisationers handlingsinriktning - uttalad eller outtalad - som vägleder beslut och handlingar och som medför viktiga värdeprioriteringar, utgör själva innehållet i politiken. Den här boken ger en introduktion till hur policyprocessen fungerar i praktiken och hur policyforskare förstår och analyserar den. 

    I boken första del beskrivs och problematiseras policyprocessens olika faser, från att en fråga hamnar på den politiska agendan till att en politisk reform utvärderas. I bokens andra del introduceras centrala teoritraditioner och perspektiv inom policyforskningen. 

  • 5.
    Olsson, Jan
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Kvalitetsuppföljning inom äldreomsorgen2017Report (Other academic)
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    Kvalitetsuppföljning inom äldreomsorgen
  • 6.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Evaluations that matter in social work2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A great deal of evaluations are commissioned and conducted every year in social work, but research reports a lack of use of the evaluation results. This may depend on how the evaluations are conducted, but it may also depend on how social workers use evaluation results. The aim of this thesis is to explore and analyse evaluation practice in social work from an empirical, normative, and constructive perspective. The objectives are partly to increase the understanding of how we can produce relevant and useful knowledge for social work using evaluation results and partly, to give concrete suggestions on improvements on how to conduct evaluations. The empirical data has been organised as four cases, which are evaluations of temporary programmes in social work. The source materials are documents and interviews. The results show that findings from evaluations of temporary programmes are sparingly used in social work. Evaluations seem to have unclear intentions with less relevance for learning and improvement. In contrast, the evaluators themselves are using the data for new purposes. These empirical findings are elaborated further by using the knowledge form phronesis, which can be translated into practical wisdom. The overall conclusion is that social work is in need of knowledge that social workers find relevant and useful in practice. In order to meet these needs, researchers and evaluators must broaden their knowledge view and begin to include practical knowledge instead of solely relying on scientific knowledge when conducting evaluations. Finally, a new evaluation model is suggested. It is called phronesis-based evaluation and is argued to have great potential to address and include professionals’ praxis-based knowledge. It advocates a view that takes social work’s dynamic context into serious consideration and acknowledges values and power as important components of the evaluation process.

    List of papers
    1. An evaluation paradox in social work?: an empirical study of evaluation use in connection with temporary programmes in Swedish social work
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>An evaluation paradox in social work?: an empirical study of evaluation use in connection with temporary programmes in Swedish social work
    2014 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 175-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    This article contributes to the debate on evaluation use by analysing temporary national programmes in Swedish social work. Previous empirical research shows a gloomy picture of evaluation use, thus supporting an evaluation paradox: evaluations are not used for learning and development, but are continually prioritised. The aim of this article is to study, through interviews and document analysis, how evaluations of temporary programmes in social work are designed and used. The results support the paradox and we found that it has two dimensions. First, evaluations are prioritised, but they function as a ritual, characterised by routine and unclear intentions, with limited relevance for professional learning and improvement. The second dimension is about limited use by those commissioning the evaluations, but the evaluators are using data for new purposes and in new contexts. This is, at best, a form of conceptual use, hopefully contributing indirectly to social work practice. The article ends in a discussion on how evaluations could be designed for learning and improvement by focusing on three normative models: utilisation-focused evaluation, responsive evaluation and evidence-based practice approach (EBP).

    Abstract [sv]

    Föreliggande artikel bidrar till debatten om utvärderingsanvändning genom en analys av tidsbegränsade nationella projekt med relevans för socialt arbete i Sverige. Tidigare empirisk forskning ger en mörk bild av utvärderingsanvändning och stödjer därmed en utvärderingsparadox: utvärderingar används inte för lärande och utveckling, men prioriteras ändå kontinuerligt. Artikelns syfte är att genom intervjuer och dokumentanalys undersöka hur utvärderingar av tidsbegränsade projekt i socialt arbete utformas och används. Resultatet stödjer paradoxen och vi har funnit att den har två dimensioner. För det första, utvärderingar prioriteras men de fungerar som en ritual, karaktäriserade av rutin och oklara intentioner med begränsad relevans för professionellt lärande och utveckling. Den andra dimensionen handlar om begränsad användning av dem som beställer utvärderingen, medan utvärderarna själva använder materialet för nya syften och i nya sammanhang. Det här kan som bäst betraktas som en form av konceptuell användning, vilken förhoppningsvis bidrar indirekt till det sociala arbetets praktik. Artikeln avslutas med en diskussion om hur utvärderingar skulle kunna utformas för lärande och utveckling genom att fokusera på tre normativa modeller: Pattons modell för ‘utilisation-focused evaluation’, Guba och Lincolns modell för responsiv utvärdering samt EBP.

    Keywords
    Social work; Evaluation design; Evaluation use; Evaluation paradox; Ritualised use, Socialt arbete; Utvärderingsdesign; Utvärderingsanvändning; Utvärderingsparadox; Ritualiserad användning
    National Category
    Social Work Political Science
    Research subject
    Social Work; Political Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33482 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2013.802226 (DOI)000334059600003 ()2-s2.0-84940336681 (Scopus ID)
    Available from: 2014-01-31 Created: 2014-01-31 Last updated: 2024-01-16Bibliographically approved
    2. Calling evidence-based practice into question: acknowledging phronetic knowledge in social work
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Calling evidence-based practice into question: acknowledging phronetic knowledge in social work
    2015 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 45, no 5, p. 1581-1597Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we call into question evidence-based practice as a working strategy for relevant applied knowledge in social work. We argue that evidence-based practice suffers from a dilemma whereby a narrow view of evidence is prioritised at the cost of relevance to social work. Instead, we suggest that praxis-based knowledge informed by different forms of knowledge is a better option with a greater potential to enhance the use of knowledge in social work practice. The article takes its starting point from Aristotle’s knowledge triad of episteme, techne and phronesis, and further incorporates Flyvbjerg’s perspective on a phronetic knowledge, which is value-based, context-dependent, sensitive to power relations and grounded in practical experience. We argue that phronesis is important for making social science matter in practice, and that this holds in particular for socialwork.Thepraxis-basedknowledgeapproachcan offerawiser solution to the evidence – relevance dilemma by using a broader knowledge view and thereby taking practical relevance more seriously. This article pays particular attention to ways of making the extensive evaluation activity in social work more relevant and useful from a phronetic evaluation perspective.

    Keywords
    phronesis, episteme, evidence-based practice, praxis-based knowledge
    National Category
    Social Work
    Research subject
    Social Work
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42259 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcu020 (DOI)000359085500013 ()2-s2.0-84938313976 (Scopus ID)
    Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-29 Last updated: 2024-01-16Bibliographically approved
    3. Phronesis-Based Evaluation
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Phronesis-Based Evaluation
    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    National Category
    Social Work
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56964 (URN)
    Available from: 2017-04-06 Created: 2017-04-06 Last updated: 2024-01-16Bibliographically approved
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  • 7.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    New insights on motives for choosing social work as a career: answers from students and newly qualified social workers2022In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the motives behind the choice of social work as a career, and using the vocabulary of motives and folk logic as supporting theoretical concepts looks at how these motives can be understood. The study draws on data collected in Sweden through a questionnaire administrated to 583 newly qualified social workers and from written descriptions by 295 first-term social work students. The results show that there are several motives for undertaking social work as a career: altruistic ones, professional strategic ones, motives founded in personal experiences, and motives related to the individual’s personal characteristics. The last-mentioned motive is a new discovery in research, while the others have been well established for some time.

  • 8.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Newly Qualified Social Workers’ Careers: A Mix of Turbulence, Goals and Safety2023In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 53, no 2, p. 794-811Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Extensive job turnover is a pressing concern in social work. This article reports the result of a mixed-methods study with newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) about their experiences during their first five years in the profession. What career patterns can be discerned and what are the NQSWs’ motives for staying in or leaving a particular job? The theoretical point of departure is that careers must be understood from several interacting perspectives, as individual motives and objectives meet and interact with contextual conditions. The findings from interviews and a questionnaire indicate that most NQSWs have changed employment three to eight times during a five-year period. Most quit because of bad working conditions, although some changed jobs as part of an incremental development towards achieving a particular position. Three different types of careers are found: turbulent, goal-oriented, and safe careers. NQSWs are only partially rational regarding career decisions, and most decisions are made pragmatically, especially for those with turbulent careers, which most of the respondents experienced.

  • 9.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Phronesis-Based EvaluationManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Petersén, Anna
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Olsson, Jan
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    An evaluation paradox in social work?: an empirical study of evaluation use in connection with temporary programmes in Swedish social work2014In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 175-191Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article contributes to the debate on evaluation use by analysing temporary national programmes in Swedish social work. Previous empirical research shows a gloomy picture of evaluation use, thus supporting an evaluation paradox: evaluations are not used for learning and development, but are continually prioritised. The aim of this article is to study, through interviews and document analysis, how evaluations of temporary programmes in social work are designed and used. The results support the paradox and we found that it has two dimensions. First, evaluations are prioritised, but they function as a ritual, characterised by routine and unclear intentions, with limited relevance for professional learning and improvement. The second dimension is about limited use by those commissioning the evaluations, but the evaluators are using data for new purposes and in new contexts. This is, at best, a form of conceptual use, hopefully contributing indirectly to social work practice. The article ends in a discussion on how evaluations could be designed for learning and improvement by focusing on three normative models: utilisation-focused evaluation, responsive evaluation and evidence-based practice approach (EBP).

  • 11.
    Petersén, Anna
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Olsson, Jan
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Calling evidence-based practice into question: acknowledging phronetic knowledge in social work2015In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 45, no 5, p. 1581-1597Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we call into question evidence-based practice as a working strategy for relevant applied knowledge in social work. We argue that evidence-based practice suffers from a dilemma whereby a narrow view of evidence is prioritised at the cost of relevance to social work. Instead, we suggest that praxis-based knowledge informed by different forms of knowledge is a better option with a greater potential to enhance the use of knowledge in social work practice. The article takes its starting point from Aristotle’s knowledge triad of episteme, techne and phronesis, and further incorporates Flyvbjerg’s perspective on a phronetic knowledge, which is value-based, context-dependent, sensitive to power relations and grounded in practical experience. We argue that phronesis is important for making social science matter in practice, and that this holds in particular for socialwork.Thepraxis-basedknowledgeapproachcan offerawiser solution to the evidence – relevance dilemma by using a broader knowledge view and thereby taking practical relevance more seriously. This article pays particular attention to ways of making the extensive evaluation activity in social work more relevant and useful from a phronetic evaluation perspective.

  • 12.
    Petersén, Anna
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Sandelin, Lisa
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Differences and similarities in cases of child abuse depending on whether one has received support or not2023In: EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Sept 11-13, 2023, Reykjavík Iceland: ABSTRACT BOOK, European conference on domestic violence , 2023, p. 123-124Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, a child who has experienced child abuse, can be interviewed by the police without the parents’ knowledge or consent. Afterwards, the parents receive the information from both the police and the social services. About thirty percentage of the children are taken care of immediately after the interview, while the rest are going home to their parents. Social work professionals acknowledged the importance of giving support to families after the police interview, as a crisis can occur in these kinds of situations. Therefore, a model has been developed, called After the child interview [Efter barnförhöret] (ACI). This study reports the interim findings from a program-theory evaluation of ACI: what interventions have been conducted after finishing ACI and what are the characteristics of these interventions? How many children have been taken care of by the social service after finishing ACI, and how many children have been reported to the social services again after the case has been closed? Data consists of social investigations, which we analyze quantitatively and qualitatively. In all, we will collect 200 investigations; 100 where ACI has been used, and 100 where ASI has not been used. Thus, we can compare these two groups. The work of collecting and analyzing social investigations is ongoing, and there are no results yet. What we can see from early processing of data, is that many cases are very complex and the families are often known by the social services for many reasons, not just child abuse. Very few children seem to be taken care of by the authorities, while many have been reported to the social services again.

  • 13.
    Petersén, Anna
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Thunberg, Sara
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Efter barnförhöret: En programteoretisk analys2022Report (Other academic)
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    Efter barnförhöret: En programteoretisk analys
  • 14.
    Pettersson, Camilla
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
    Larsson, Madelene
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
    Geidne, Susanna
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    TB United: Ett projekt om ensamkommande ungdomars behov av fritidsaktiviteter samt attityder till och erfarenheter av alkohol, narkotika, dopning och tobak2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Tegelbruket i Örebro är en föreningsdriven mötesplats, öppen för alla, men med fokus på ungdomar och unga vuxna. Under 2016 beviljades Tegelbruket medel från Folkhälsomyndigheten för projektet TB United. TB Uniteds övergripande mål var att skapa ett arbetssätt för ANDT-förebyggande arbete med ensamkommande ungdomar utifrån fritiden som arena. Denna rapport är en beskrivning av projektets genomförande och resultat. Studiens innehåll är baserat på tidigare forskning, beprövad erfarenhet, intervjuer med ensamkommande ungdomar och vuxna inom mottagningsstrukturen samt röster från en avslutande workshop med nyckelpersoner.

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    TB United
  • 15.
    Sandelin, Lisa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Family therapists’ experiences of a model for support to families in cases of child abuse2023In: EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Sept 11-13, 2023, Reykjavík Iceland: ABSTRACT BOOK, European conference on domestic violence , 2023, p. 234-235Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, a child who has experienced child abuse, can be interviewed by the police without the parents’ knowledge or consent. Afterwards, the parents receive the information from both the police and the social services. About thirty percentage of the children aret aken care of immediately after the interview, while the rest are going home to their parents. Social work professionals acknowledged the importance of giving support to amilies after the police interview, as a crisis can occur in these kinds of situations. Therefore, a model has been developed, called After the child interview [Efter barnförhöret] (ACI). This study reports the interim findings from a program-theory evaluation of ACI: how do family therapists experience working with ACI and how does the model meet the challenges when dealing with the complexity of child abuse? We focus on strengths and weaknesses of the ACI, as identified by the family therapists, and the potential changes the model resulted in for the families involved. The findings indicate that ACI motivates families to accept further help from the social services, and that it benefits the child’s perspective on violence. Organizational limits keep professionals from using the model to the extent they desire, and there are also several local adaptions made, which may influence the outcome of the model. Practical implications for the model as well as practice will be presented as well. 

  • 16.
    Sandelin, Lisa
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Petersén, Anna
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Thunberg, Sara
    Örebro University, School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
    Familjebehandlares erfarenheter av en modell för information och stöd till familjer i ärenden rörande barnmisshandel2023Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I Sverige går majoriteten av de barn som varit på förhör på grund av misstanke om barnmisshandel hem till sina föräldrar och misstänkta förövare utan hjälp eller stöd från samhället. Efter barnförhöret (EBF) ären modell för stöd och information till barn och föräldrar vid misstanke om barnmisshandel. Som en del i ett större forskningsprojekt undersöker vi familjebehandlares erfarenheter av att arbeta med EBF samt dess styrkor och svagheter.

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