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Ongoing research projects

The members of the research group are involved in a number of projects.

Ongoing

Discretion and the Child’s Best Interest in Child Protection (2017 - 2022)

DISCRETION aims to unlock the black box of discretionary decision-making in child protection cases, by doing a comparative empirical study in a number of European countries of how discretionary decisions are made and justified in the best interests of the child. The aim is to improve our understanding of how and why decisions based on discretion vary. The project is funded by the European Research Council. Principal investigator is professor Marit Skivenes. Read more

The Acceptability of Child Protection Interventions: A Cross-Country Analysis (2017 - 2021)

This project examines public values and interpretations of the child’s best interest principle, as well as legal justifications of best interest judgments, in Norway, England, Finland and Germany. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. Principal investigator is professor Marit Skivenes. Read more

Innovations to Scale? Formative Dialogue Research on Visjon2030 Projects. (2017 - 2021)

With the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) set for the year 2030, the VISJON2030 initiative is setup to contribute to poverty reduction in countries receiving development aid from Norway, with the explicit purpose of scaling up innovative solutions that promote achievements of the SDGs for education and health. Project member at UiB: Tor Halvorsen. Read more

The Basis for Legitimate and Justified State Intervention in Families (2018 - 2019)

This project aims to study the basis for legitimate and justified state intervention, by examining citizens’ opinions and sentiments on the child´s best interests and thresholds for child protection intervention. The project is funded by the Peder Sather Grant Program. Principal investigator is Marit Skivenes. Read more

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Adoption as a Child Protection Measure (2016 - 2018)

This project study how the Norwegian legislation on adoption, as a measure in child welfare service, is implemented and practiced in the frontline service and in the courts. The project is funded by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. Principal investigator is professor Marit Skivenes. Read more (*in Norwegian)

Legitimacy and fallibility in child welfare services (2012 - 2017)

This project study child welfare services in Norway, Finland, England and the United States. The aim is to identify decisive factors and mechanisms in different welfare state arrangements and child welfare systems that promote or hinder high quality decision-making in the best interest of children and families. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. Principal investigator is professor Marit Skivenes. Read more

The Norwegian Child Welfare System in a Comparative Perspective (2010 - 2018)

This research project conducts a comparative analysis of child welfare systems in Norway, England and the USA, focusing on knowledge, decision making and ethnicity. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. Principal investigator is professor Marit Skivenes. Read more

Building and reflecting on interdisciplinary PhD studies for higher education transformation (2013 - 2018)

This project is part of the larger NORHED programme. The programme seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity and performance of academic institutions in the South to deliver quality education and research. The project is funded by Norad. Project leader at UiB is Tor Halvorsen.