Russian Child Welfare Service Professionals' Attitudes towards Evidence-based Practice and Their Ideas of the Social Practice – Science Relations

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Abstract

The article presents the results of the qualitative study of Russian child welfare service professionals’ attitudes towards evidence-based practice. Based on a reflexive thematic analysis of interviews with the professionals from 12 social service organizations several themes have been developed and discussed: 1) evidence-based practice as an important current trend, the connection to which gives several advantages (greater attraction for donor organizations and clients, peer recognition); 2) evidence-based practice as an opportunity to master a new culture of justification and communication; 3) evidence-based practice as a search and organization of new forms of interaction with the scientific community. Russian social service professionals tend to accept the instrumental understanding of the evidence-based practice that is transmitted to them by foundations, donor organizations and the expert community, however, their image of practice as a complex activity that requires taking into account many factors and referring to various sources of knowledge can potentially become the basis for more advanced multifaceted and critical understanding of the evidence-based practice – provided the support of such an understanding, including from the scientific community.

General Information

Keywords: evidence-based practice, attitudes towards evidence-based practice, instrumental understanding of evidence-based practice, critical understanding of evidence-based practice, social practice — science relationsevidence-based practice, attitudes towards evidence-based practice, instrumental understanding of evidence-based practice, critical understanding of evidence-based practice, social practice — science relations

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse.2022270614

Funding. The study was carried out within the framework of the state task of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation No. 073-00110-22-01 dated 21.01.2022 "Scientific and methodological support of a unified approach to the introduction of social (including educational) practices with proven effectiveness in implementing the activities of the Decade of Childhood".

Received: 26.08.2022

Accepted:

For citation: Busygina N.P., Buduryan M.M., Zasimova A.V. Russian Child Welfare Service Professionals' Attitudes towards Evidence-based Practice and Their Ideas of the Social Practice – Science Relations. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2022. Vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 183–196. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2022270614. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Natalya P. Busygina, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Department of Counselling and Clinical Psychology, Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Moscow State University of Psychology an Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2344-9543, e-mail: boussyguina@yandex.ru

Mariam M. Buduryan, PhD Student, Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8970-0972, e-mail: mariam.buduryan@mail.ru

Anastasia V. Zasimova, psychologist, lead analyst, Center for Evidence-Based Social Design, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5220-0504, e-mail: zasimova@bk.ru