Fra politik til praksis - en implementeringsproces

Sophie F. Hjælmhof- Larsen & Mette Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master thesis focuses on investigating the process of implementation. More specifically, it will examine the process of implementing the evidence based programme Incredible Years Baby (IY Baby) in the municipality of Ikast-Brande, focusing on the socio-economic surroundings, management, the practitioners and the target group – in essence all the parties who influence the implementation process. IY Baby is an interlocking family programme designed to help first-time parents promote their children’s emotional, social and academic competences. The documentation for the thesis mainly derives from qualitative methods; comprising interviews with the Head of the Child and Family section and the leading health care professional in the municipality of Ikast-Brande, interviews with two practitioners of IY Baby as well as a focus group interview with one group of parents participating in the programme. The documentation also includes an overview of written material collected from the municipality of Ikast-Brande, briefs from the municipality´s steering committee meetings as well as a variety of written secondary material. In order to analyse how the different parties that are a part of the implementation process influence the results, we have used Søren Winter and Vibeke Nielsen’s integrated implementation model, enabling us to consider and analyse the different parties on an individual basis as well as in the context of their inter-relations. Furthermore, we have used Karl E. Weick’s theory on sense making in organizations and we have used implementation theory in general. The thesis first and foremost consists of a detailed and elaborate methodological section, including an overview of the thesis guiding philosophy of science presented by Berger and Luckmann´s perspective on the social construction of reality as well as a theory presentation. Next, the thesis consists of an analysis with four different sections, finally ending up with a conclusion and a closing perspective on the thesis. Through the analysis, we discovered both strengths and barriers a municipality can encounter when implementing a new project, some of these more of a general nature and some originating from the IY Baby project specifically. The final conclusion is that the implementation process of IY Baby in the municipality of Ikast-Brande can be regarded as a positive process. This is primarily due to the practitioners’ determination and ability to influence the implementation process positively, which was in effect the paramount strength in the process. Therefore, we regard this case to have prototypic value, and we consider it a good example of a municipal, manual based implementation process.

UddannelserVirksomhedsledelse, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato6 mar. 2015
VejledereAnita Mac


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