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
In a book on evaluation, a chapter headed ‘Feminist Evaluation’ carries a danger that feminist evaluation may come to be viewed as yet another in a wide possible range of methods. The result might be that readers are implicitly offered a choice among say, ‘action research’, ‘observation’, ‘case histories’ and ‘feminist evaluation’, risking marginalizing feminist approaches, which in fact encompass almost the full spectrum of methods. Feminists agree generally that there is no distinctive feminist method, but that what is key to feminist approaches is what Stanley and Wise call ‘feminist consciousness’ (1990: 22). What is required is not adherence to one or other dichotomized model (‘quantitative/qualitative’, ‘deductive/inductive’), but detailed descriptions of actual research processes sited around an explication of feminist consciousness. ...