Practice Evaluation for the 21st Century / Edition 1

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Offering an excellent, client-oriented, results-driven means for studying practice evaluation, this book brings together practice, research, structural change in service delivery, and specific skills in an integrated, problem-solving way. With managed care becoming such a hot topic, professionals need to track client assessments and demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of their treatment. PRACTICE EVALUATION IN THE 21st CENTURY helps students develop the skills to monitor efficacy by integrating practice and research in the text, as well as providing access to powerful evaluation software via the Web. The book effectively conveys to students the importance of empirically evaluating social work practice and the responsibility of all practitioners to engage in evaluation as an integrated part of professional practice. Students have access to the CASS software on the accompanying Web site and will find that the contextual support in the text along with easy-to-follow documentation make the software easy to use.
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"This is another terrific resource for use as a text to teach MSW students practical methods to evaluate their own practice."

" excellent and timely book that could be of useā€¦for social workers and other allied health professionalsā€¦..The scope and detail of the book are just what is needed in the social work profession."

Although primarily a college textbook, this text is also intended to provide those employed in the helping professions with assessment and evaluation techniques for use in their practices. Nine chapters cover single-case designs and how they work within managed care environments. Seven chapters are devoted to measurement tools in practice, such as short-form measures, short-form scales and multidimensional assessment tools. The final section focuses exclusively on the use of CASS practice evaluation software. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Part I: USING SINGLE-CASE TIME-SERIES DESIGNS. 2. Designing for Effectiveness Oriented Practice. 3. N=1 Designs in Science & Practice. 4. Monitoring & Evaluating Clinical Practice. 5. Designs to Evaluate Practice. 6. Analyzing Single-Case Data. 7. Aggregating Single-Case Data for Program Evaluation. 8. Analyzing Aggregate Data for Program Evaluation. 9. Quality Assurance Management: Process & Outcome. Part II: MEASUREMENT TOOLS. 10. The Role of Measurement in Practice. 11. A Sampler of Short Form Measures for Use in Practice. 12. Administering, Scoring & Interpreting the Short-Form Scales. 13. Multidimensional Assessment Tools. 14. Administering, Scoring & Interpreting the MPSI & FASI. 15. Questions About Using Assessment Scales. 16. Designing Your Own Measures. Part III: THE CASS SOFTWARE. 17. Acquiring & Installing the CASS Software On Your PC or LAN. 18. Using CASS in Practice. 19. Making CASS Available to Clients. 20. The Manager's Use of CASS. 21. Concluding Remarks. Appendix 1: Sample Copies of the CASS Scales. Appendix 2: Self-Training Exercises. Appendix 3: Some Technical Issues.
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