Social Work Research and Evaluation: Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice

Hardcover | November 27, 2013

byRichard M. Grinnell, Yvonne A. Unrau

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Over thirty years of input from instructors and students have gone into this popular research methods text, resulting in a refined ninth edition that is easier to read, understand, and apply than ever before. Using unintimidating language and real-world examples, it introduces students to thekey concepts of evidence-based practice that they will use throughout their professional careers. It emphasizes both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, data collection methods, and data analysis, providing students with the tools they need to become evidence-basedpractitioners.

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Over thirty years of input from instructors and students have gone into this popular research methods text, resulting in a refined ninth edition that is easier to read, understand, and apply than ever before. Using unintimidating language and real-world examples, it introduces students to thekey concepts of evidence-based practice that...

Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. is 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. Yvonne A. Unrau is Professor within the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:756 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.98 inPublished:November 27, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199988315

ISBN - 13:9780199988310

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Table of Contents

Contributors1. IntroductionPART I: RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND RESEARCH APPROACHES2. Research Problems and Questions3. The Quantitative Research Approach4. The Qualitative Research ApproachPART II: ETHICS AND CULTURALLY-COMPETENT RESEARCH5. Research Ethics6. Research With Minority and Disadvantaged GroupsPART III: BECOMING AN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTITIONER7. Reviewing the Literature8. Finding Existing Knowledge9. Evaluating Existing Knowledge10. Evidence-Based PracticePART IV: MEASURING VARIABLES11. Measurement12. Standardized Measuring InstrumentsPART V: SAMPLING AND RESEARCH DESIGNS13. Sampling14. Case-Level Designs15. Group-Level DesignsPART VI: COLLECTING ORIGINAL DATA16. Structured Observation17. Qualitative Interviewing18. Survey ResearchPART VII: COLLECTING EXISTING DATA19. Secondary Analysis20. Content Analysis21. Using Existing Statistics22. Historical Research23. Selecting a Data-Collection MethodPART VIII: ANALYZING DATA24. Quantitative Data Analysis25. Qualitative Data AnalysisPART IX: EVALUATING RESEARCH STUDIES26. Evaluating Quantitative Studies27. Evaluating Qualitative StudiesPART X: WRITING RESEARCH REPORTS28. Writing Reports from Research StudiesPART XI: FROM RESEARCH TO EVALUATION29. Program EvaluationAPPENDIXES:Appendix A: Quantitative Research Proposals and ReportsAppendix B: Qualitative Research Proposals and ReportsGlossaryReferencesCreditsIndex