The approach to decision making exemplified by evidence-based healthcare has also been urged upon social services. This chapter outlines the sometimes acrimonious debates that have arisen as a result. There is no consensus about the nature of evidence in social care, and only a minority voice in favour of the need for experimentation, particularly randomised controlled trials. Nevertheless, there have been several notable regional initiatives to develop evidence-based social care, and parts of the voluntary sector are pioneering in this area. The chapter concludes with a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of outcome research in social care.
Keywords: evidence-based healthcare; social care; social services; voluntary sector
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Subjects: Social Research and Statistics
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