Six research projects have been awarded a total of SEK 26 million for research on the governance of health care and social services. The decision was made today by Forte’s board, as the first step in a specific initiative on the quality, organisation and processes of welfare.

Health care and social services are important parts of the Swedish welfare sector. They are complex industries where democratic governance takes place at all levels – local, regional and national. How do we achieve equal care across the country, without revoking the autonomy of municipal governments?

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Andreas Björke

In the 2016 research proposal, Forte was commissioned to carry through a specific initiative to increase knowledge about the organisation and governance of health and social services.

“We need to develop the knowledge about working methods and priorities, how to ensure and measure the quality of welfare, and how the perspectives of users and patients to a greater extent can be taken into account”, says Andreas Björke, project leader for the initiative on the quality, organisation and processes of welfare.

6 out of 62 applications receive funding

The call Research on the quality, organisation and processes of welfare 2017 opened in late May 2017. When it closed, in August 2017, Forte had received 62 applications. 6 of these have now been awarded 3-year project grants. The selected projects are linked to 6 different universities across the country.
Distribution of funds: Research on the quality, organisation and processes of welfare 2017

Research across the whole chain of governance

The call for proposals was open to research across the whole chain of governance. The submitted applications deal with a variety of issues, for example how welfare goals and conditions are formulated and distributed to welfare organisations, and how the execution of health care and social services affect, and are affected by, the governance of quality and processes within health care and social services.

“The projects that we now grant funding may very well contribute to improved knowledge as well as actual change within the welfare sector”, says Andreas Björke.

Assessed by an international panel

The applications received within the call Research on the quality, organisation and processes of welfare 2017 were evaluated by an international assessment panel. The panel consisted of 8 researchers from European countries and two Swedish representatives of society.

A list of all approved applications can be found here, and on the page Grant decisions.