In Search of a Research Strategy

Authors Sabrina Keinemans, Mariël Kanne, Ed de Jonge
Published in Forum: Qualitative Social Research
Publication date 28 January 2020
Research groups Living and Wellbeing
Type Article


In this article, we describe a study on the impact of an ethics program aimed at strengthening the ethical agency of 15 social workers of three welfare organizations. The goal of the study was to make an inventory of the impact of the program, and to evaluate the relevance of this impact with the help of several stakeholders. The most significant change (MSC) approach was used as a research strategy, though some changes to the approach were made with a view to our research goal. We explain the MSC approach and how we used it in our study design. Further, we describe the research process, answering the question whether our adaptation of the MSC was helpful to inventory the impact of our ethics program and the evaluation of its relevance. The implications of MSC's focus on "most significant" changes and the need for a thorough feedback of the results of the evaluation process in the participating organizations are discussed.

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On this publication contributed

  • Mariel Kanne
    Mariël Kanne
    • Researcher
    • Research group: Living and Wellbeing
  • Ed de Jonge | Researcher | Innovative Social Services
    Ed de Jonge
    • Researcher
    • Research group: Living and Wellbeing

Language English
Published in Forum: Qualitative Social Research
Year and volume 21 1
Key words Ethics, professionalization, moral case deliberation, ethics program, moral reflection, ethics work, most significant change approach, evaluation research
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Page range 1-25

Living and Wellbeing