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.

The Role of Literature in Examined Practice

The Role of Literature in Examined Practice

With the advancement of information technology, sources of knowledge in addition to scholarship appearing in print have been increasingly accepted as part of the literature review. In concert with this trend, the term literature is pluralistic both in format and venue (Huffine, 2010). Within the examined practice model, however, a major element of social work knowing of course is systematically generated knowledge. However, different from models of evidence-based practice and other research to practice approaches, examined practice knowledge may emerge from broad sources. Still, the knowledge must be transparent, conform to the logic structures of one of the three research traditions, and locate the basis for its claims in the evidence ...

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