Evaluation of the Labour and Welfare Administration (Nav)

Project Department: Uni Research Rokkan Centre (group: Democracy, Civil Society and Public Administration) period: 01.07.07 - 30.06.14

Project results

Den store reformen. Da Nav ble til, av Tone Alm Andreassen og Jacob Aars oppsummerer forskningen på Nav-reformen som ble gjort ved Uni Research Rokkansenteret, i samarbeid med Universitetet i Bergen, Universitetet i Oslo, Arbeidsforskningsinstituttet, Frischsenteret og Handelshøgskolen BI.


prosjektets egen hjemmeside finnes forskningsresultater og nærmere informasjon om prosjektet.

About the project

The evaluation programme is based on the fact that the Nav-reform is administrative, i.e. key instruments include changes in structures, procedures, processes and personnel. However, the Nav-reform applies these instruments in a new way compared with traditional administrative reforms; neither traditional political administration nor market and price mechanisms are predominant. The Nav-reform sets the stage for the State to facilitate desired changes by controlling critical resources and generally ensuring that the 'big picture' is taken into account. The evaluation design is also geared to studying the implications of this form of administration. Two elements are of special importance. The first is the ability to design and implement the Nav-reform in keeping with the objectives of the reform. The second involves gaining insight into the correlations between organisational changes and their effects on employees, users and clients. The first element calls for studies of reorganisation processes, as expressed during the decision-making and implementation phases. The second element requires that attention be devoted to the results, i.e. effects and implications. The seven modules of the evaluation programme will focus on the objectives of the welfare-to-work, user-centrism and economisation reform as the basis for their particular research projects.



  • Fimreite, Anne Lise; Aars, Jacob Introduksjon: NAV – forvaltningsreform for velferd. Nordiske organisasjonsstudier 2011 ; Volume 13 (3). s. 3-8
  • Fimreite, Anne Lise; Hagen, Kåre Partnerskapet mellom stat og kommune: Velferdspolitikkens territorielle dimensjon revisited?. Tidsskrift for velferdsforskning 2009 ; Volume 12 (3). s. 155-167
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  • Fimreite, Anne Lise; Lægreid, Per Samordning - flernivåstyringens store utfordring. I: Flernivåstyring og demokrati. Fagbokforlaget 2008 ISBN 978-82-450-0771-8.. pages 25-46
  • Kildal, Nanna; Nilssen, Even Norwegian Welfare Reforms: Social Contracts and Activation Policies. I: Activation and Labour Market Reforms in Europe. Challanges to Social Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan 2011 ISBN 978-0-230-28954-3.. pages 218-242
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