A New Approach to Helping the Hard to Place Unemployed: The Promise of Developing New Knowledge in an Interactive and Collaborative Process

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Abstract

The reforms of the social and employment services that have swept across most of the developed world since the 1990s have drastically expanded the groups of citizens receiving active employment measures. However, up until now most countries have only seen limited results in enhancing the labour market participation of the most vulnerable groups. We argue that the goal of including a greater share of the harder to place unemployed on the labour market is not likely to be obtained through the tried and tested ways of developing knowledge, policy and practice. Rather we suggest a different approach to generating and exchanging the necessary knowledge for developing active employment policy and practice. As an alternative to the evidence-based knowledge paradigm we set up a model for knowledge production being made in corporation between practice and research. This model investigates the potentials of integrated services and co-production acknowledging the frontline professionals and the client’s experiences in developing employment services.
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The reforms of the social and employment services that have swept across most of the developed world since the 1990s have drastically expanded the groups of citizens receiving active employment measures. However, up until now most countries have only seen limited results in enhancing the labour market participation of the most vulnerable groups. We argue that the goal of including a greater share of the harder to place unemployed on the labour market is not likely to be obtained through the tried and tested ways of developing knowledge, policy and practice. Rather we suggest a different approach to generating and exchanging the necessary knowledge for developing active employment policy and practice. As an alternative to the evidence-based knowledge paradigm we set up a model for knowledge production being made in corporation between practice and research. This model investigates the potentials of integrated services and co-production acknowledging the frontline professionals and the client’s experiences in developing employment services.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Social Security
Volume/Bind19
Tidsskriftsnummer4
Sider (fra-til)335-352
Antal sider18
ISSN1388-2627
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2017
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa

    Forskningsområder

  • Employment services, evidence-based practice, innovation, knowledge-production, employment policies
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