Our aims are to:
HPRC builds on the Finnish-speaking Heikki Waris and Swedish-speaking Mathilda Wrede Institutes’ 20-year practice research in social work. HPRC integrates research conducted in these two institutes and creates a new research environment that operates in three languages. The centre continues the institutes’ long-term academic-practice-collaborations and aims to advance practice research both in Finland and internationally.
In the heart of HPRC are close academic-practice-partnerships. Research projects are planned and conducted with researchers and practice stakeholders such as social workers, service users, service leaders and civil society actors. The aim of research is to use research results in improving social work practice and promoting sustainable wellbeing. The dialogue between researchers and practice stakeholders play a major role in defining research questions, conducting research, interpreting the research results and transferring them to practice. We connect research to proposed and existing change efforts and topical phenomena and identify emerging research issues directly from practice. The research is methodologically pluralistic and involves multiple perspectives. The centre promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.