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.

Setting and Protecting the Boundaries of a Study

Setting and Protecting the Boundaries of a Study

Setting limits or boundaries to delimit what and who will be included in the scope of an inquiry is an action that occurs in every type of design, whether in the experimental-type, naturalistic tradition, or mixed-method traditions. To set the foundation for the more detailed discussion of boundary-setting techniques, the first part of the chapter provides an introduction and definition of terms. We then address protection of boundaries, specifically referring to humans. The last part of the chapter specifies multiple strategies of setting boundaries in each of the traditions and exemplifies their use throughout examined practice.

DePoy and Gitlin (2016) use the term setting boundaries to refer to methods that ...

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