Evaluation and Social Work Practice offers a comprehensive treatment of the central issues confronting evaluation in social work that links theory and method to practical applications. Evaluation is an integral part of social work and social care provision, for both practice and service delivery. Evaluation can improve effectiveness and increase accountability and help develop new models of practice and service delivery. The authors argue that evaluation should not just be applied to practice but should be a direct dimension of practice. Appealing to the student, researcher and practitioner, Evaluation and Social Work Practice will become the standard reference source on evalua




Evaluation must be an integral dimension of social work and social care practice. While historically, evaluating practice has been problematic in social work, and the gap between direct practice and service provision, and research and evaluation continues to exist, we believe there are strong, if not imperative reasons why we should engage in the evaluation of both our practice and our service delivery ‘Evaluation examines our effectiveness and can help us to improve it, can increase our accountability to users and clients, develops our knowledge and identifies gaps in knowledge, and helps us develop new models of practice and service delivery’ (Lishman, 1998: 101). Shaw (1996: 184) argues further that

Evaluating in practice is not limited to determining whether social work is effective, but must ...

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