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.

Sharing Examined Practice to Generate Social Work Knowledge

Sharing Examined Practice to Generate Social Work Knowledge

Unlike many social work practice and/or research frameworks, sharing knowledge is one of the essential elements of examined practice. But what should be shared and how are not agreed upon despite the numerous scholars, researchers, and practitioners who are calling for the formalization and consistent advancement of social work knowledge (Brekke, 2012; Gray, 2008; Trevethick, 2008).

In this chapter, we begin with definitions. We then follow the guidance from Lau (2004): “organizations need to know what, how, why, where, and when to use their knowledge,” detailing how each element fits within the knowledge-sharing element of the examined practice model.

Definition of Terms

What is meant by sharing and dissemination?

To share is ...

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