Results of collaborative decision-making practices in social work with families: Methodological issues in research



The article deals with methodological issues in effectiveness research of practices of collaborative decision-making in social work, focused on a family group and its informal social network, exemplified by Family Group Conferences and Network Therapy. The article provides a conceptual review of approaches to constructing the expected results of FGC/NT from the viewpoints of various stakeholders — professionals, adult family members, and children. It analyses the sensitivity to these results in research projects with various research design types, including randomized controlled trials and their suggested alternatives such as discrete time survival analysis, cohort studies, and case-study. It discusses the factors and mechanisms that influence effectiveness of FGC/NT and should be considered in a “theory of change” for these practices.

General Information

Keywords: Family Group Conference; Network Therapy, social results; attribution of results; theory of change; randomized controlled trials (RCT); case-study

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: review article


Acknowledgements. The author is grateful to all the colleagues who practice collaborative decision-making in social work with families for their support and inspiration.

Received: 05.10.2022


For citation: Archakova T.O. Results of collaborative decision-making practices in social work with families: Methodological issues in research [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 30–40. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2022110403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Tatyana O. Archakova, Psychologist and Methodologist, Charity Child Foundation “Victoria”, Charity Foundation “Volunteers to Help Orphans”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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