Managing evidence and cultural adaptation in the international transfer of innovative social work models

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Abstract

As the Global Agenda for Social Work continues to be promoted and moves forward, so does the desire to use innovation in the development, evolution and improvement of practice internationally. Using examples from practice, the article identifies two key challenges associated with transferring innovative social work models between countries, namely demonstrating effectiveness in an evidence-based context and managing cultural adaptation. It draws upon the diffusion of innovation literature applied by different disciplines and recommends practical steps that researchers and practitioners can take to support the transfer of models of practice between countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-186
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume64
Issue number2
Early online date7 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Cultural adaptation
  • evaluation
  • evidence-based
  • innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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