Evaluation Practice: Thinking and Action Principles for Social Work Practice / Edition 1

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This text presents both the quantitative and qualitative methods and focuses on teaching students how to skillfully apply the full range of research designs, methods and strategies to evaluation of social work in all domains of social work practice. The book provides a framework for the integration of systematic inquiry with practice that can be used by all social workers. The authors have created a model called, "evaluation practice" that provides the evidence-based structure within which diverse social work theories and skills can be organized, examined and verified.

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"...a unique attempt to include qualitative and quantitative evaluation research content into a textbook on social work practice thinking process and evaluation. The unique model of practice uses excellent clinical examples, with the same characters throughout the book, having current problems very timely for social work practitioners today."

"...this manuscript represents the most comprehensive presentation on the topic social work practice evaluation."

"...I like the principles, assumptions, examples and exercises. I really like the organization and structure of the book as it seems to flow better than other texts."

"It is powerfully packed with rich and timely conceptual material. The authors have worked hard to simplify and demystify research terminology."

This text provides a framework for the integration of empirical knowledge with practice model that can be used by all social workers. The model consists of clarification of the problem and intervention goals, examination of the process through reflexive intervention, and examination of the outcome. Early chapters introduce the model and the diverse roles social workers play within it. Later chapters discuss and illustrate different elements of the model, and walk through the full sequence of evaluation practice. The authors are affiliated with the University of Maine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Dr. DePoy teaches courses in research, evaluation, grant writing and disability studies. Her scholarship embraces health and disability, issues of aging, research methodology, and evaluation practice. She is a member of more than a dozen professional associations, societies and task forces at state, national and international levels and serves as Commissioner on the Commission on Disability and Persons with Disabilities of the Council on Social Work Education. Along with this book, Dr. DePoy is co-author of another Brooks/Cole text, EVALUATION PRACTICE: THINKING AND ACTION PRINCIPLES FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, 2003.

Dr. Gilson teaches courses in human biology for social workers, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, and integrative seminar courses. His research interests and publications include experiences of domestic violence and women with disabilities, disability theory, multiculturalism and disability, and health and disability policy and advocacy. Dr. Gilson has been active in disability community organization and policy development at local, state, and national levels. He serves on a variety of professional national associations, task forces, and committees. He is currently a Commissioner on the Commission on Disability and Persons with Disabilities of the Council on Social Work Education. Along with this book, Dr. Gilson is co-author of another Brooks/Cole text, EVALUATION PRACTICE: THINKING AND ACTION PRINCIPLES FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, 2003, and is the lead editor on a compendium of model educational resources on social work and disability published by the Council on Social Work Education.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: BEGINNINGS. 1. Introduction to Evaluation Practice. 2. The Conceptual Framework of Evaluation Practice. 3. Roles and Responsibilities of Social Workers in Evaluation Practice. Section 2: THINKING PROCESSES OF EVALUATION PRACTICE. 4. Identifying Social Work Problems and Issues. 5. Obtaining and Organizing Information. 6. Ascertaining Need. 7. Examining Need with Previously Supported Approaches—Designing Experimental-Type Inquiry. 8. Obtaining Information in Experimental-type Needs Assessment. 9. Ascertaining Need in Unexamined Contexts—Designing Qualitative Inquiry. 10. Goals and Objectives. Section 3: REFLECTIVE INTERVENTION. 11. Intervention Selection and Reflexive Intervention. 12. Thinking Processes of Reflexive Intervention. 13. Action Processes of Reflexive Intervention. Section 4: ASSESSING OUTCOMES. 14. Thinking Processes in Outcomes Assessment. 15. Action Processes Of Outcomes Research—Looking At Group Outcome. 16. Outcome Assessment Using Idiographic Designs—Investigating Outcome through Naturalistic, Mixed Method and Case Study Design. Section 5: CONCLUSION. 17. Sharing Evaluation Practice Knowledge. 18. Conclusions. Evaluation Practice Glossary. References. Appendix A: Data Analysis Refresher. Index.

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