This paper offers an account of contemporary efforts to introduce and refine the use of research evidence in policy and practice in Sweden with regard to the social care services system. The paper introduces the national context, the social care services system, and the knowledge generation and research funding mechanisms for the social work profession in Sweden. It then describes national policies and measures to advance evidence utilisation in social work practice. The account describes how the discourse on the use of knowledge in social work has shifted over time. It reflects on the Swedish experience in light of several models of the evidence to policy and practice relationship.
Haluk SoydanSchool of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA