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.

Putting the Model to Work

Putting the Model to Work

Much conceptual and applied ground has been traveled in this book. In this final chapter, the examined practice examples that were used to illustrate each thinking and action process are reconstituted and integrated throughout a full sequence. Before the examples make their final appearance, the principles that guide examined practice, introduced in Chapter 1, are reviewed.

Table 13.1 Principles of Examined Practice

1. Social work practice and systematically developed knowledge (following diverse traditions in research) are inseparable.

2. Professional knowledge building and use are value-based and thus evaluative.

3. Research in social work is evaluative of the extent to which and how social problems are encountered and resolved.

4. Engaging in examined practice in all contexts and domains is an ...

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