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
Unlike Molière's Bourgeois Gentleman, a country bumpkin who was astonished to learn that he had been speaking prose all of his life without knowing it, social workers and other helping professionals should not be surprised at the observation that they have always been evaluating their practice as a part of good service. Granted, they may not know the technical vocabulary for discussing objective measures of client outcomes – this is what this chapter (and collateral references) will sketch. However, the fundamental evaluation step is first taken when professionals learn to define clearly the client's problems, target the issues of highest priority, use specific interventions known to be useful in resolving these kinds of problems or challenges, and then proceed to monitor how ...