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

Qualitative Practice Evaluation

Qualitative Practice Evaluation

Qualitative practice evaluation

One definition of evaluation given by the Oxford English Dictionary is, ‘to express in terms of the known’, and so qualitative evaluation might be broadly understood as the expression of that which can be known through the analysis of spoken words, texts or observable behaviour. It seeks to interpret and find meaning within these phenomena as means towards the assessment of intervention. The focus of analysis will depend upon judgement, choice and interpretation as part of an inferential process by which categories, typologies and explanations are derived from phenomena which are usually studied in natural environments. Social work practice is itself strongly characterized by such forms of procedure. When a mental health social worker interviews a person to determine whether ...

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