Social Work Research and Evaluation Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice, Eighth Edition

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This book is the longest standing and most widely adopted text in the field of social work research and evaluation. As stated in the book's preface, it is intended for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate social work students in a one-semester research methods course. Since the first edition in 1981, this edition is designed to provide social work students with the basic methodological foundation they need in order to successfully complete more advanced research courses that focus on single-system designs or program evaluations. With its customarily straightforward user-friendly writing style by renowned educators, this edition will continue to maintain its notoriety as the premier social work research methods text. Thoroughly revised and updated, the chapters offer a wealth of new research examples and references, accessible diagrams of essential concepts and processes, and extended coverage of core social work research methods and recent developments. For example, with the inclusion of four new chapters on the evidence-based approach to social work practice, the book emphasizes how important this approach has become, and provides a rock-solid foundation for understanding how to evaluate and interpret research findings that have been derived from research studies-the minimal skills needed for evidence-based social work practitioners.

Author Biography

Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. is a professor and holds the Clair and Clarice Platt Jones/Helen Frays Endowed Chair of Social Work Research within the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University, and Yvonne A. Unrau is an associate professor within the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University.

Table of Contents

The Contexts of Research
The Ethical Conduct of Research
The Quantitative Research Approach
The Qualitative Research Approach
Designing Research Studies
Conceptualization and Measurement
Case-Level Designs
Group-Level Designs
Collecting Data
Structured Observation
Participant Observation
Qualitative Interviewing
Survey Research
Secondary Analysis
Content Analysis
Selecting a Data Collection Method and Data Source
Becoming a Culturally-Sensitive Researcher
Research with Minority and Disadvantaged Groups
Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Analysis
Writing and Evaluating Research Reports
Writing Reports from Research Studies
Evaluating Quantitative Research Studies
Evaluating Qualitative Research Studies
Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner
Finding Existing Knowledge
Evaluating Evidence
Evidence-Based Practice
From Research to Evaluation
Program Evaluation
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