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

Evaluation and Empowerment

Evaluation and empowerment
KarenDullea and AudreyMullender

Service evaluation in social work settings is typically a managerially driven enterprise emphasizing techniques of measurement and monitoring, rather than an empowering value base. This is not inevitable. There are evaluatory traditions far more in tune with the philosophy of social work – even overlapping with some areas of practice intervention, notably group and community work – which draw those on the receiving end of services into full participation at every stage of the process, from deciding what should be evaluated to working out how this should be done, what the resulting information means, and what should happen as a result. They are democratizing in intent, and they stress the fact that something should happen – that some ...

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