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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 Goals and Objectives for Reflexive Intervention
Setting Goals and Objectives for Reflexive Intervention

Once a clear, well-reasoned, and credible understanding of need is achieved, the action process of setting goals and objectives to guide reflexive intervention can be initiated. Recall that reflexive intervention is the action part of social work during which the practitioner systematically assesses his or her practice. We proceed sequentially beginning with goals and objectives and follow with reflexive intervention.

Emergence of Goals and Objectives from Needs Statement

Goals and objectives provide the structure for professional action and clarify desired outcomes at one or more time intervals. The action process of goal and objective formulation is critical as it is the first step in which specific accountability criteria are set.

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