Knowledge as an Empowerment Tool in Social Sciences

The Evidence-Informed Practice International Invitational Workshop
Knowledge as an Empowerment Tool in Social Sciences
Uppsala Sweden, April 2016

Over the course of our three days together, we were treated to thought-provoking commentary, camaraderie and engaging social events as we explored our respective work and took the opportunity to learn and grow as purveyors of knowledge in the Social Science sphere.

Purpose of the Workshop:

Mutual empowerment and knowledge exchange were the focus of this international gathering of social scientists, researchers, behaviorists, academics and implementers. We gathered to explore, exchange and enrich our respective understandings into the dynamics of transformational practices.

Workshop Summary

Lead by experiential knowledge, and with an interest to lessen the ‘science to service gap’, the 23 attendees (see Appendix 1 in the attached link) participated in 11 abstract presentations and three keynote presentations (see Appendix 2), as a means to hear of internationally-sourced successes and challenges in the art and science of moving knowledge to action and policy establishment.

Critical to the success of the event was the broad range of innovations and promising new knowledge coming out of Sweden’s locally-based social welfare research and development (R&D) units. As noted by Alexanderson, Karin; Beijer, Elisabeth; Bengtsson, Staffan; Hyvönen, Ulf; Karlsson, Per-Åke; Nyman, Marie (2009), “…these units are vital actors in the field of Evidence-Informed Practice Network’s 2016 Proceedings encouraging and strengthening evidence-based social work practice. They are close to social services organisations and have the ability to use flexible methods in order to bridge the gap between research and practice in a local context.” Also, Nyström, Monica Elisabeth; Hansson, Johan; Garvare, Rickard; Andersson-Bäck, Monica (2015) note, “Based on analyses of archival data on aims, activities and outputs of R&Ds focusing on care for older people the authors argue that local R&Ds have potentials to act as knowledge brokers, change agents and researchers…”.

Read more: see the attached file or see presentations from the workshop below.

  • Preformance measurement - a threat to professional social work or a protection from arbitrariness?

  • Empowering Human Service Organizations to Embrace Evidence Informed Priactice

  • Navigating the Implementation Process: How to Adopt, Install & Sustain Evidence Informed Practices