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.

Two Design Traditions and Then Mixing Them

Two Design Traditions and Then Mixing Them

We have completed Section I, in which the model of examined practice was detailed and illustrated. This chapter begins the methodological section of the text with several foci. Recall that in examined practice, knowledge is defined as “belief plus something else.” Section II details the “something else” as systematically generated evidence created by one of three traditions of inquiry: experimental type, naturalistic, and mixed methods.

Regardless of the tradition, all types of systematic inquiry contain seven parts defined in Table 6.1. Each is detailed in subsequent chapters. Depending on the step in the examined practice process, the purpose, scope, and resources, the substance and sequence of the parts are varied.

As an example, ...

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