Social Work Research and Evaluation applies systematically developed research knowledge to social work practice and emphasizes the “doing” of social work as a reciprocal avenue for generating research evidence and social work knowledge. Using the Examined Practice Model, authors Elizabeth G. DePoy and Stephen F. Gilson present research as the identification of a problem and then proceed to evaluate the efficacy of social work practice in its resolution. Diverse theories, actions, and sets of evidence from a range of professional and disciplinary perspectives are included to underscore the importance of integrating evaluation and practice in research.
Definition of Terms
The word outcome is defined as
a final product or end result; consequence; issue
a conclusion reached through a process of logical thinking
something that follows from an action, dispute, situation, etc.; result; consequence (Dictionary.com, 2013)
[Page 68]From these definitions, outcome is synthetically conceptualized as something that follows from a process of logical thinking and action. Note that outcome may not be directly attributable to social work activity, and thus, as we discuss in detail, the strongest approaches for exploring outcomes are sometimes creatively choreographed with multiple methods of inquiry. Consider the Tobacco Access Portal (TAP) project in which health information and attitude change toward tobacco use were the desired outcomes. Even in the event that both outcomes were achieved, determining if the ...