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

Evidence for Practice

Evidence for practice

Social workers act or decline to act, feel confident or uncertain that they have a sound basis for their actions and decisions, draw prescriptions or confess agnosticism, and all in the light (or gloom!) of the best evidence they can reasonably assemble. Large parts of that evidence are in the form of descriptions and inferences regarding service users, and about previous interventions by colleagues, present and past, other welfare agencies, schools, law enforcement agencies, families and carers, and so on. But what is the status of such evidence? Can social workers safely act on the assumption that it provides a good enough approximation to reality, which will transfer to similar new situations? Or should they remain deeply sceptical of all ...

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