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Title: Administrative buy-in for user participation in managing social services
Author(s): Wong, Yu Cheung 
Author(s): Leung, T. T. F.
Wong, P. K. S.
Chan, S. K. L.
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: Journal of Social Service Research 
Volume: 46
Issue: 2
Start page: 211
End page: 224
This paper reports the findings of a study conducted in Hong Kong on the value position of the social service providers regarding user participation in service management. Using a survey instrument to collect data from 642 service providers in an elderly service organization, the study explored whether or not the value position had an effect on the views of the service providers on the structural set-up for user participation, and whether the value position of the professional staff was significantly different from that of the non-professional staff. Exploratory factor analyses (EFA), confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM) were applied in the analysis. The findings identify that administrative buy-in needed to support shared decision-making with the welfare service users has not been achieved in the studied organization, owing to the absence of value commitment to the user participation cause. As the professional staff was more supportive of values favoring user participation, the paper calls for an acculturation process that would be stimulated and led by professionals to develop a participatory culture. The paper also recommends conducting similar study on a larger scale and qualitative inquiry into factors influencing the formation of values about user participation in future research.
DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1537947
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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