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Advancing Social Intervention Research Through Program Theory Reconstruction
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Department of Social Work. Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7351-9140
Department of Psychology, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Behavioral Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2023 (English)In: Research on social work practice, ISSN 1049-7315, E-ISSN 1552-7581, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 642-655Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Program theory reconstruction is an often-overlooked aspect of social intervention research. In this paper, we argue that intervention research benefits if the research design is informed by the specific intervention's program theory (i.e., the idea of how the intervention is supposed to lead to the intended outcomes). The purpose of this paper is to offer a comprehensive and accessible guide to program theory reconstruction in research on social interventions and to provide arguments as to how program theory reconstruction can be used to benefit intervention studies. First, we summarize what program theory is and its role in intervention research. Second, we provide a direct ?how-to? for researchers, practitioners, and students who may be unfamiliar with the methods of program theory reconstruction but are interested in undertaking a program theory reconstruction. Finally, we conclude with how program theory reconstruction can benefit intervention research.

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Sage Publications, 2023. Vol. 33, no 6, p. 642-655
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program theory reconstruction, logic model, program evaluation, program development, intervention
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59345DOI: 10.1177/10497315221149976ISI: 000908687400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85146092693Local ID: HOA;;852316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-59345DiVA, id: diva2:1724896
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2018–01324, 2020–05–20Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-08-29Bibliographically approved

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