spring 2023
SVF-8067 Designing research with relevance for the practice field - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

December 1st for the spring semester

Type of course

The course may be taken as a single course by doctoral students from Norway and other countries.

Admission requirements

Course code 9301 - Singular courses at PhD level

Course content

Practice relevance, practice led research and innovation have increasingly become guiding principles for developing high-quality research and for assessing research impact.

Students will be introduced to the main arguments for these principles, and to different approaches to design sound research projects in cooperation with frontline social services, service administrators, policy makers and service end-users.

Challenges for developing practice relevant research will be discussed from the perspectives of both academics and practitioners.

Lectures will discuss how to identify gate keepers to the services, how to identify research topics with relevance to the practice field, and common challenges encountered when building a net of respondents.

Students are encouraged to evaluate critically the contribution that they expect their own research project to make for the practice field.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student:

  • has state-of-the-art knowledge about the demand for practice relevance of research in public service provision in general, and in social services in particular.
  • can make an informed choice about the most appropriate among a variety of approaches to ensure and enhance the relevance of high-quality research projects for different stakeholders in the practice field.
  • can contribute to the discussion about reconciling academic standards with the call for practice-led, practice-oriented and practice-relevant research.


The student can:

  • design and conduct sound research projects that meet the knowledge needs of different stakeholders in social service provision
  • negotiate between the standards for high quality research and the knowledge demands from practitioners, policy makers and end-users.
  • communicate research results effectively to different stakeholders in the practice field.


After the course, the student

  • is conscious about the premisses for academic knowledge production and knowledge needs in social service delivery and policy making
  • can make informed choices to enhance practice relevance of research.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures by academics and different stakeholders in the practice field. PhD-students are expected to present their ongoing research and to assess the relevance of their work for the practice field and/ or policy making.

The duration of the course is three days (22,5 hours).


Examination: Grade scale:
Assignment Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Mandatory participation Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Participation is mandatory, and candidates are expected to attend all days of teaching. A minor absence (up to 20 %) can only be accepted under certain circumstances and upon application. In the event of absences that are not approved, candidates will lose their right to have their essays assessed.

More info about the assignment

The exam will consist of a written essay between 4000 and 6000 words. The essay must be written in English or Norwegian.

In the essay, students must

  • discuss expected or experienced challenges in getting access to the field of inquiry and in organizing a net of respondents.
  • assess the implications of their project for different stakeholders in the practice field, including policy makers
  • discuss strategies to enhance practice relevance.

The essay must be handed in for assessment no later than two months after the end of the course. A passed essay is a precondition for being awarded the 5 ECTS. The essay will be graded by the course lecturers.

The exam will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

Re-sit examination

Retake is offered in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade Fail.

If the essay is awarded a fail grade, the candidate can submit a revised essay once, by a specified deadline.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SVF-8067
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