About this project
In progress 2021 - 2024
This project investigates a selection of social service authorities regarding their understanding and managing of the ongoing automation process. What measures do they take to achieve improvement and avoid negative effects on the core values that, by law, policies and professional standards, guide the social services? How is the automation process monitored and adjusted?
Automation, machines taking over humans’ judgement, is everywhere. For example, self-driving cars are today able to take over many decisions from a human driver. When humans learn that machines can do a good job, we tend to “take our hands off the wheel”.
Automation within social work is controversial and meets both professional and legal resistance. But this project will show that automation is not a foreign attack by technology that causes sudden change, it is a social change process that can be managed.