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"Så länge man kan motivera ett beslut": en vinjettstudie av variation i bedömning om ekonomiskt bistånd

Johansson, Erica and Salomonsson, Hanna (2008)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine divergences in assessments of social assistance in one big and one small social welfare office in the municipalities of Malmö. To examine this we used a qualitative method. We held interviews with social workers and their superiors. At the end of the interviews with the social workers we presented two vignettes, describing different cases of first time applications of social assistance. The social workers was asked to assess whether the application should be granted or not, and motivate their decisions. A primary focus in this study was also to examine the importance of elements of changing character, e.g. varying organizational and individual conditions.

The results showed that there was a... (More)
The purpose of this study was to examine divergences in assessments of social assistance in one big and one small social welfare office in the municipalities of Malmö. To examine this we used a qualitative method. We held interviews with social workers and their superiors. At the end of the interviews with the social workers we presented two vignettes, describing different cases of first time applications of social assistance. The social workers was asked to assess whether the application should be granted or not, and motivate their decisions. A primary focus in this study was also to examine the importance of elements of changing character, e.g. varying organizational and individual conditions.

The results showed that there was a considerable divergence between the two different social welfare offices. Within the social welfare offices there was more of a consensus, though the outcome differed between the social workers assessment in one of the vignettes in the small social welfare office. The results also showed that organizations can be more or less bureaucratic and specialized, and that this could be one of the main explanations to the divergence in assessment of social assistance. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study was to examine divergences in assessments of social assistance in one big and one small social welfare office in the municipalities of Malmö. To examine this we used a qualitative method. We held interviews with social workers and their superiors. At the end of the interviews with the social workers we presented two vignettes, describing different cases of first time applications of social assistance. The social workers was asked to assess whether the application should be granted or not, and motivate their decisions. A primary focus in this study was also to examine the importance of elements of changing character, e.g. varying organizational and individual conditions.

The results showed that there was a considerable divergence between the two different social welfare offices. Within the social welfare offices there was more of a consensus, though the outcome differed between the social workers assessment in one of the vignettes in the small social welfare office. The results also showed that organizations can be more or less bureaucratic and specialized, and that this could be one of the main explanations to the divergence in assessment of social assistance.},
  author       = {Johansson, Erica and Salomonsson, Hanna},
  keyword      = {handlingsutrymme,discretion,ekonomiskt bistånd,economic aid,gräsrotsbyråkrati,street-level bureaucracy,socialt arbete,social work,vinjettstudie,vignette study,Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Så länge man kan motivera ett beslut": en vinjettstudie av variation i bedömning om ekonomiskt bistånd},
  year         = {2008},
}