Alexander Björk. Photo: Eva Dalin
Alexander Björk. Photo: Eva Dalin

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On a rhetorical level, Evidence-based practice is a self-evident ambition in social work, and many political actors have made EBP a central goal within the social services. But what does the concept mean in practice, behind the scenes? This dissertation seeks to answer this important but previously empirically unrecognized question.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been a widely discussed concept in social work for almost two decades. The concept emphasizes that the interventions and instruments used in social work practice should be based on the best available knowledge, so called evidence. This dissertation closely analyses a social services agency that has worked extensively for several years at incorporating EBP. Particular attention is payed to the agency’s uses of interventions and instruments that are commonly referred to as evidence-based. The dissertation problematizes some of the most common ‘solutions’ within EBP and outlines several ideas regarding how knowledge and evidence use can be enhanced.