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

Interviewing and Evaluating

Interviewing and Evaluating

Interviewing and evaluating
JanFook, RobynMunford and JackieSanders

Interviewing is probably one of the most commonly used sets of skills within social work practice and in its broad totality of settings – interpersonal, group and family work, community-based practice, administration, research and policy work. Yet one of the ironies of current social work practice is that it is most often associated primarily with direct service work, so is seen as having less relevance to the practice of research, and vice versa.

It is the main purpose of this chapter to illustrate how the practice of research, particularly evaluative research, and the practice of interviewing, are, and can be, integrated. After a brief discussion of the concepts of evaluation and interviewing, the chapter will demonstrate how evaluation ...

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