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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Liliana E Pezzin, Ph.D., J.D.(Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book is a collection of chapters addressing specific issues, concepts, and how-to approaches in the development and application of evidence-based practice. With 104 chapters and over 1,000 pages, the book addresses a variety of topics from developing practice guidelines to focus group interviewing and grant writing techniques.
Purpose: Designed to serve as a comprehensive practical desktop resource, this manual features concise, easy-to-read chapters intended to assist practitioners and administrators in identifying and applying consensus protocols and evidence-based practice and developing measurement and critical reasoning skills to implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives within their practice environment.
Audience: Although the book is targeted at a wide range of practitioners, its content is most directly applicable to readers with a background or interest in criminal justice and social work research and practice. Important topics that might otherwise be expected from an all-inclusive book on outcome measures in health and human services receive relatively little attention. Notably absent from the book, for example, are any references to preference-based outcome measures, such as quality adjusted life years, which are the cornerstone of cost-effectiveness analyses.
Features: Each of the 10 main sections of the book relies on specific applied studies to convey information about the theoretical or methodological concept being discussed.
Assessment: The editors are to be commended for bringing together a large body of literature on measurement tools, program evaluation, and quality improvement strategies. Yet the uneven coverage of the various topics and the absence of a clear underlying theme tying together the individual chapters makes it difficult to place their contribution into context.