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Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research : A Workbook for Social Work Students in Field Placements

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780801334153

ISBN10:
0801334152
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

This unique workbook provides students and instructors with step-by-step procedures for completing an agency-based research study.The workbook, in 8 1/2 x 11 format, can be used in a field work course while students are actually at a welfare agency conducting their research. It is also designed for research courses to help students learn to conduct a study at a social welfare agency. Or it can be used during their practicum or senior seminars to help them design and write their senior year project or thesis. The workbook is user-friendly, written in clear language with concrete instructions, and includes spaces for student responses. By using the workbook, students will be able to proceed step-by-step to design and conduct a research study.In this edition, the authors have included a new section on outcomes evaluation (Section IX), many new examples, and a fully annotated sample literature review.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(1)
Agency-Based Research 2(1)
New in this Edition 2(1)
Layout of the Workbook 3(1)
Acknowledgments 4(1)
How to Use This Workbook 5(1)
Special Note to Students 6(1)
Special Note to Course Instructors 7(1)
Special Note to Field Instructors 7(1)
A Final Note 8(1)
Section I: Orientation to Agency Research 9(12)
If the Agency Has a Research Program
10(4)
If the Agency Does Not Have a Research Program
14(3)
Staff Views and Usage of Research
17(3)
Agency Resources for Your Research
20(1)
Section II: Protection of Research Participants (Preliminary) 21(4)
The University IRB
23(1)
The Agency IRB
23(1)
Prepare a Time Line for Your Human Subjects' Review Application
24(1)
Section III: The Research Question 25(12)
What Would You Like to Know?
26(2)
What Would the Agency Like to Know?
28(1)
What Would the Clients Like to Know?
29(1)
What Is Your Research Question?
30(1)
List of Student Research Questions & Design Type
31(1)
Browse the Literature Related to Your Topic
32(2)
Refine Your Research Question
34(1)
Write Your Research Question
35(2)
Section IV: The Literature Review 37(28)
Conduct a Literature Search
40(3)
Critique the Literature
43(13)
Write the INTRODUCTION Section
56(1)
Write the LITERATURE REVIEW Section
57(1)
Annotated Example of a Literature Review
58(7)
Section V: Choosing Your Methodology & Developing a Time Line 65(4)
Determine the Purpose of Your Study
65(2)
Develop Your Proposed Time Line
67(1)
Submit Proposed Study to Your Course Instructor
67(1)
Study Time Line Template
68(1)
Section VI: Survey Research 69(20)
Translate Concepts and Variables into Measures
69(5)
Construct Your Research Questionnaire
74(3)
Plan How to Administer Your Questionnaire
77(9)
Pilot Your Research Instrument and Plan for Data Collection
86(1)
Write the METHODS Section
87(1)
Data Collection
87(2)
Section VII: Qualitative Research 89(12)
Develop the Interview Agenda (Your Research Instrument)
90(4)
Plan How to Conduct Interviews
94(4)
Pilot Your Interview Agenda and Plan for Data Collection
98(2)
Write the METHODS Section
100(1)
Data Collection
100(1)
Section VIII: Single-Subject Design Research 101(14)
Translate Concepts and Variables into Measures
102(8)
Identify the Specific Single-Subject Design
110(4)
Write the METHODS Section
114(1)
Data Collection
114(1)
Section IX: Oucomes Evaluation 115(20)
Developing a Logic Model
117(2)
Choosing a Design
119(1)
Choosing a Sample and Assigning Groups
120(4)
Issues of Internal Validity
124(1)
Threats to Internal Validity
125(2)
Developing Outcome Measures
127(5)
Example of a Logic Model
132(3)
Section X: Sample Design 135(14)
For Probability Samples
136(7)
For Nonprobability Samples
143(4)
Write the SAMPLE Section
147(2)
Section XI: Protection of Research Participants 149(8)
Construct a Consent Form
150(1)
Outline Procedures for Obtaining Informed Consent
151(1)
Confidentiality Safeguards
152(1)
Request Agency Approval
153(1)
Request IRB Approval
154(1)
Sample Consent Forms
155(2)
Section XII: Data Analysis 157(16)
Presentation of Descriptive Information
157(4)
Data Analysis for Survey Studies
161(1)
Data Analysis for Qualitative Studies
162(3)
Data Analysis for Single-Subject Studies
165(4)
Data Analysis for Outcomes Evaluations Using Group Designs
169(4)
Section XIII: Writing the Final Paper 173(8)
Rewrite Earlier Sections of Your Paper
173(1)
For the SAMPLE Section
174(1)
Write the FINDINGS Section
174(1)
Write the DISCUSSION Section
175(4)
Compile the REFERENCES
179(1)
Compile the APPENDICES
179(1)
Write the ABSTRACT
179(1)
Final Checklist
179(1)
Research Paper Outline
180(1)
Bibliography 181


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