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Realist evaluation of social outcomes in community care: the application of affordance theory to the Lindsay Leg Clubs

Galazka, Anna Milena, Edwards, Tim and Harding, Keith 2021. Realist evaluation of social outcomes in community care: the application of affordance theory to the Lindsay Leg Clubs. Journal of Critical Realism 20 (3) , pp. 280-299. 10.1080/14767430.2021.1918969
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Abstract

This study uses a scientific realist methodology to explain how social outcomes of community care interventions are produced, sustained and contextually dependent. We evaluate an organization dedicated to wound care and leg health known as the Lindsay Leg Club network, so far studied mostly from a phenomenological perspective, to demonstrate the generative role of places where Leg Clubs are located, with objects in their environment, and people who organize and run Leg Clubs, with their agency and intentionality. We theorize the explanatory role of these contextual features with the concept of affordances. Our approach shows that the phenomenological findings from community care evaluation are not unequivocal. Instead, researchers should recognize the nuanced nature of causality in social programmes, which requires a consideration of the links between community care interventions, how people respond to them and the conditions under which these responses are enacted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Taylor & Francis:
ISSN: 1476-7430
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 15 April 2021
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 18:43
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/140550

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