About the lecture
In this lecture I will address some fundamental aspects that characterize evaluation in social work practice. Among other things: what should be evaluated, from whose perspective, and what is meant by quality in social work.
I will also touch upon some specific challenges concerning evaluation in social work practice. Among other things, clients' difficulties in participating in evaluation, central stakeholders’ disagreement regarding which evaluation knowledge that is most relevant, and difficulties in using evaluation knowledge in social work practice.
Finally, I will show an example of how I used critical realistic evaluation – and in particular the CAIMeR theory – to study social work in an agency that works with foster homes.
About the speaker
Björn Blom is professor of social work at the Department of social work, Umeå University, Sweden. His research interests include organisations, professions, knowledge-use, evaluation and addiction treatment. He has worked as a social worker with family treatments, and welfare benefits within the social services.
Tuesday 24 September 2019; 18:00-20:00
Aula M.005, de Meerminne, St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp
The lecture will be held in English.
Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory.