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Shaping rapid reviews in the nexus of evidence, stakeholder involvement and professional trust

Research project
Active research
Project size
Project period
2019 - 2021
Project owner
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science; Bräcke Diakoni; Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Short description

There are great needs to articulate the knowledge base of many interventions used within social care services. Drawing on improvement science and research within Science and Technology Studies (STS) the aim of this project is to develop formats for reviews and recommendations within the two areas Daily acitivities (Daglig verksamhet), Residential care with special services (Boende med särskild service) and Personal representative (Personligt ombud).

Social care interventions are aimed at persons who are among society's most disadvantaged. In spite of the needs for more knowledge, attempts to ensure better quality in social care via evidence-based practice have met with firm resistance. Within what is sometimes called the evidence movement, methods have been developed for searching, synthesizing and grading the degree of evidence of a specific intervention. The problem of these methods and the definitions of evidence have been a lack of epistemological reflection and an overemphasis on quantitative research methods.