Evaluation And Social Work Practice

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Overview

Evaluation and Social Work Practice offers a comprehensive treatment of the central issues confronting evaluation in social work that links theory and method to practical applications.

Evaluation is an integral part of social work and social care provision, for both practice and service delivery. Evaluation can improve effectiveness and increase accountability and help develop new models of practice and service delivery. The authors argue that evaluation should not just be applied to practice but should be a direct dimension of practice.

Appealing to the student, researcher and practitioner, Evaluation and Social Work Practice will become the standard reference source on evalua

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761957928
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Social Work Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

I arrived in York (England) as Professor of Social Work in the Spring of 2003, following a long career in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University (Wales). I presently hold positions at the University of York and the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Aalborg University, Denmark.

I have written and researched extensively. My next book, body and soul permitting, will be Social Work and Science for Columbia University Press, followed by a four-volume ‘Major Work’ for Sage Publications on Social Work Research, with Jeanne Marsh and Mark Hardy. I am involved, alone or with others, at various stages of four research projects: an extended historical project on the relationship of sociology and social work, partly through the Special Collections at the University of Chicago; a historical study of the British Journal of Social Work; a study of the nature of research networks in social work; and a systematic review of practitioner research in adult social care. I hope to develop the notion of ‘sociological social work’ to the point where I will write a further book.

I co-founded the journal Qualitative Social Work. I envisioned and led to fruition in 2011 the European Conference for Social Work Research, and have worked with others to consolidate that initiative through a new European Social Work Research Association.

Professor Joyce Lishman is now retired, and was previously Head of the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. She was also General Editor of the Research Highlights in Social Work series for many years.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Evidence for Practice 14
3 A Perspective on Empirical Practice 41
4 Qualitative Practice Evaluation 63
5 Evaluation and Empowerment 81
6 Collaborative Evaluation with Service Users 101
7 Feminist Evaluation 118
8 Histories in Social Work 133
9 Work in Progress 148
10 Interviewing and Evaluating 164
11 Qualitative Clinical Research and Evaluation 182
12 Single-System Evaluation 198
13 Behavioural and Cognitive Interventions 219
Index 235
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