Social welfare professionals willing to participate in client information system development–Results from a large cross-sectional survey

Susanna Martikainen, Samuel Salovaara, Katri Ylönen, Elina Tynkkynen, Johanna Viitanen, Mari Tyllinen, Tinja Lääveri

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Abstract

Human-centered design methods should be implemented throughout the client information system (CIS) development process to understand social welfare professionals’ needs, tasks, and contexts of use. The aim of this study was to examine Finnish social welfare professionals’ experiences of participating in CIS development.

A national cross-sectional web-based survey on the CIS experiences of social welfare professionals (1145 respondents) was conducted in Finland in spring 2019. This study focused on statements concerning the experiences of end users with CIS development and participation. The results are reported by professional and age groups.

Half (50%) of the 1145 respondents had participated in CIS development. Half (56%) knew to whom and how to send feedback to software developers, but most (87%) indicated that changes and corrections were not made according to suggestions and quickly enough. The most preferred methods of participation were telling a person in charge of information systems development about usage problems (53%) and showing developers on site how professionals work (34%); 19% were not interested in participating.

Social welfare professionals are willing to participate in CIS development, but vendors and social welfare provider organizations are underutilizing this resource. Social welfare informaticists are needed to interpret the needs of end users to software developers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalINFORMATICS FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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