Welfare efforts have to work. They need to have a positive effect on the citizens and they need to be organised in the most effective manner.
Children and families with various social difficulties are eligible to receive help, but the important question is what kinds of help work the best. Is it foster care or is psychological counselling a better offer? When a child’s circumstances improve, is it because of the granted help or are there other reasons such as new friends that are the real causes?
Measuring the effect of welfare efforts is key in understanding how best to create the effects that the citizens need. The Ministry works determinantly in identifying best practices by a systematic accumulation of knowledge of the effects by using existing research results, international and national, by making it possible to implement best practices in political decisions and social practice.
Within the Ministry, there are various government agencies that produce research knowledge and national indicators:
- The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI) has efficiency analysis as one of its central research areas
- The Ministry supports SFI Campbell that works out research reviews of existing efficiency analysis
- The National Board of Social Services has established a knowledge portal which is to provide best practices to municipalities and suppliers in the social effort related to vulnerable children and young people