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

Histories in Social Work

Histories in social work
Ruth R.Martin

This chapter discusses the use of histories to evaluate practice in social work. The term ‘histories’ will be used as an umbrella to define life stories, family stories, oral histories, biographies, memories, narratives and the like. While many of these may appear to carry the same meaning, it is the centrality of histories that has meaning for this work. Social work is concerned with understanding the importance of history in the gathering of knowledge, and utilizing that information to make assessments and plan treatment approaches. Mary Richmond (1917), a pioneer in the field of social work, advocated the social worker gathering as much information as possible about the individual. She saw the usefulness of interviewing members of ...

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