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

A Perspective on Empirical Practice

A Perspective on Empirical Practice

A perspective on empirical practice
William J.Reid and PamelaZettergren

Empirical practice, sometimes referred to as ‘research-based’ or ‘scientific’ practice, is an approach to social work with individuals, families and groups. This chapter builds on and updates an earlier review of the history and status of the empirical practice movement (Reid, 1994). Historically, the chief distinguishing characteristics of empirical practice have been (1) stress on case monitoring and evaluation through single-system designs (SSDs) and more broadly the application of scientific perspectives and methods in practice; (2) application, to the extent possible, of interventions whose efficacy has been demonstrated through research, and (3) the development of new knowledge by practitioner- researchers using SSDs.

In empirical practice the service provider functions as a practitioner- researcher who ...

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