The SAGE Handbook of Social Work is the world's first generic major reference work to provide an authoritative guide to the theory, method, and values of social work in one volume. Drawn from an international field of excellence, the contributors each offer a critical analysis of their individual area of expertise. The result is this invaluable resource collection that not only reflects upon the condition of social work today but also looks to future developments.
Chapter 27: Intervention Research
‘The origins of social work in Western democracies might be viewed as rooted in efforts to apply the question “what works?” to the endeavours of Christian and socialist charitable activities in the 19th century’ (Taylor, 2010, p. 66). This statement raises interesting historical and philosophical debates but what is ...