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.

Questions, Hypotheses, and Queries: The Basis for Rigor Assessment

Questions, Hypotheses, and Queries: The Basis for Rigor Assessment

The quality of our thinking is given in the quality of our questions. Thinking within disciplines is driven not by answers but by essential questions. (Elder & Paul, 2010)

This chapter is about asking questions and posing queries. At first blush, the task of questioning may seem simple. However, questioning is a skill that, once honed, provides a valuable tool not only in research and systematic knowledge generation but in all phases of examined practice as well as throughout life.

Within examined practice, questions posed are those that can be answered by systematic processes in the three research traditions. Although questions form the expansive method for problem identification ...

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