Critical analysis – The diffusion of innovation in social work

 

Discuss the notion of “diffusion of innovation”, how potential innovations can be adopted and diffused in specific social work settings and with a particular population group.

Critical analysis

Aims to understand the notion of ‘diffusion of innovation’, how potential innovations can be adopted and diffused in specific settings and / or with a particular population group.

Essential Reading (Diffusion of Innovation):

1. Chapter 13 of textbook ‘Spreading and implementing promising approaches in child and family services’.

2. Salveron, M, Arney F, & Scott D. (2006). Sowing the seeds of innovation: Ideas for child and family services. Family Matters, 73, 38-45.

The core features of this essay are:

Describe the diffusion of innovation (DOI) theory (Rogers 2003; Salveron et al, 2006).

Identify a practice area/population group focusing on working with children and families

Outline an innovative practice, policy or program approach to address the needs of this group.

Define the term diffusion of innovation, outlining key aspects of the DOI theory. ( Innovation, Individual, Organization, Environment)
Using the key readings above, explain:
What key features of an organisation foster innovation? (e.g. creativity, commitment, leaders)
What works against innovation? (e.g. rigid organisational culture)
In terms of this part, just read the designated reference.( “Sowing the seeds of innovation: Ideas for child and family services” )

Ensure that you integrate these diffusion of innovation concepts throughout the essay.

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