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.
The chapters in this book have attempted to take a roughly chronological path through the research process, from the initial idea, past the decisions about method and ethical approval, and onward to the actual gathering of the data. Logically, we now arrive at a chapter that looks at the analysis of the data we have obtained through this journey but that suggests that we will only begin to think about data analysis at the end of the process: the reverse must be the case. When we plan our research project an essential ingredient of its design is a consideration of how we intend to analyse the data. It is an intrinsic aspect of the research design in general and the research method ...