Research Methods in Child Welfare by Amy J. L. BakerResearch Methods in Child Welfare by Amy J. L. Baker

Research Methods in Child Welfare

byAmy J. L. Baker, Benjamin Charvat

Paperback | August 23, 2016

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Social service agencies are facing the same expectations in quality management and outcomes as private companies, compelling staff members and researchers to provide and interpret valid and useful research to stakeholders at all levels in the field. Child welfare agencies are particularly scrutinized. In this textbook, two highly experienced researchers offer the best techniques for conducting sound research in the field. Covering not only the methodological challenges but also the real-life constraints of research in child welfare settings, Amy J. L. Baker and Benjamin J. Charvat present a volume that can be used both for general research methods and as a practical guide for conducting research in the field of child welfare.

Baker and Charvat devote an entire chapter to ethical issues involved in researching children and their families and the limits of confidentiality within this population. They weave a discussion of ethics throughout the book, and each chapter begins with a scenario that presents a question or problem to work through, enabling readers to fully grasp the methods in the context of a specific setting or area of concern. Special sections concentrate on the value of continuous quality-improvement activities, which enable the collection and analysis of data outside of the strictures of publishable research, and the implementation of program evaluations, which can be helpful in obtaining further research and programmatic funding.

Amy J. L. Baker is director of research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection at the New York Foundling and the author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties That Bind (2007), which was featured in the New York Times. She is the author or coauthor of more than seventy peer-reviewed publica...
Title:Research Methods in Child WelfareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231141319

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesForeword, by Christine James-BrownAcknowledgments1. Introduction to Child Welfare ResearchPart 1. Planning and Developing Research Studies 2. The Philosophy and Logic of Research3. Ethical Considerations4. Problem Formulation5. Sampling TheoryPart 2. Design Strategies 6. Single-System Design7. Group Designs8. Using Existing DataPart 3. Measurement Strategies 9. Measurement Theory and Measure Selection10. Surveys11. Case Studies12. Focus Groups13. In-Depth InterviewsPart 4. Data Analysis and Writing Up and Sharing Research Results 14. Data Analysis Techniques15. Dissemination of Research FindingsPart 5. Special Topics in Agency Practice 16. Continuous Quality Improvement in Agency Practice17. Agency-Based Program Evaluation18. Final ThoughtsClassroom Discussion and ActivitiesGlossary 1. Social Science Research Methods TermsGlossary 2. Child Welfare Practice and Policy TermsReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

This book is long overdue. The content addresses child welfare research in a very comprehensive way, including the planning and development of studies, design strategies, measurement strategies, data analysis and dissemination, and the application of research to agency practice. All of this material is presented in a clear and readable form and contains numerous practice scenarios and brief reviews of the literature on various topics. Readers will not only be better informed about child welfare research methods but will become wiser in planning, conducting, and using such research. This book is a much-needed addition to the literature of social work research methods and a most valuable resource for researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in the field.