This book is a practical beginner's guide to both conducting and using research within the context of social work practice. A clear and accessible introduction to applied research methods for social work students and practitioners, this text covers the key themes, debates and approaches, including:

  • The ethics of social work research
  • Conducting interviews and questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Observation and narrative
  • The involvement of service users
  • Analyzing data

With practical exercises and reflective questions, this is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate qualifying social work students.

Practitioner Research – Engaging with Individuals, Organisations and Communities

Practitioner research – Engaging with individuals, organisations and communities


This chapter deals with the part practitioners can play in social work research and the imperative for practitioners to adopt research mindedness in order to begin to influence future welfare initiatives. This is not to minimise the part service users and carers can play in engaging in social work research but to point out that this will be addressed separately in Chapter 4. The purpose of this chapter is to help demystify research for practitioners in order to facilitate a research mindedness that not only relates to the ability to use research to inform practice but also the ability to identify critical issues for further enquiry. The practitioner ...

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