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Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

October 2011 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

"The text enables students to understand how to become an evidence-based practitioner—this is an important part of training students as practitioners."

—Emmerentie Oliphant,
Stephen F. Austin State University

This practical and student-friendly text teaches social work students the concepts and skills needed to apply research methods in their practice with clients. It offers them enhanced under­standing of the research process and equips them with the necessary tools and skills to evaluate studies, translate relevant behavioral sci­ence knowledge into practice principles, and implement evaluation procedures in their daily practice. Renowned authors Wodarski and Hopson use social work research methods to examine emerging issues in the field as they pertain to evidence-based practice, such as curriculum development and funding. This approach yields a unique analysis that differs from others on the market because it fully integrates evidence-based practice methodology into the heart of the text, rather than into a single chapter.

1. Evidence-Based Practice: An Introduction
2. Criteria for Choosing Knowledge and Assessing Evidence-Based Intervention
3. Transforming Behavioral Science Knowledge into Practie Generalizations
4. Planning for Conducting Research in Community Agencies
5. Choice-of-Outcome Measures and Means for Assessment
6. Traditional Designs
7. Designs for Daily Practice Evaluation
8. Application of Statistical Techniques in the Evaluation of Practice
9. Advanced Statistical Techniques in Social Work Research
10. Development and Use of Management Information Systems for Human Services: A Practical Guide
11. Developing and Formulating Quality Proposals
12. Emerging Trends and Issues Related to Evidence-Based Practice

“The text addresses important current issues and provides a “how to” guide for students to evaluate and translate research findings into practice. This is a very crucial, fundamentally important work that discusses the relevance and steps to making EBP (evidence-based practice) a reality for helping professionals. The language is easy to read and the approach is practical, organized, and almost intuitive approach to the content. Students will find the book easy to read compared to the traditional research textbooks. This practice approach enhances the attractiveness of the book as a supplementary text to major research textbooks.”

Adrian Kok
Dominican University

“The greatest strength in the proposed text is the text takes the use of evidence-based practice in social work to the next level, namely, identifying the components and areas that need to be focused on. I believe there is a need for a text that walks people through the various stages of implementing evidence based practice, providing the rational and examples of how to accomplish the implementation, and sustainability of using evidence-based practice. All too often, students leave “the need for research” behind once they have completed the course. This text emphasizes the continued need to stay informed on new developments, and techniques in the social work field.”

Ameda A. Manetta
Winthrop University

“The text enables students to understand how to become an evidence-based practitioner – this is an important part of training students as practitioners.”

Emmerentie Oliphant
Stephen F. Austin State University

This is one of the best books on EBP I have read and I would recommend this for social work students in their final year of undergraduate studies and Postgraduate students.

Dr Charles Mugisha
Social Work, Birmingham City University
July 2, 2015

Research methods for evidence-based practice is an eminently practical guide for students of social administration and social work. It enables them to identify and use the best available research, and provides them with the skills to evaluate their work and that of their agency. The chapters on outcome measures and research designs are sure to be particularly useful for novice practitioners.

Dr Sue Vella
Social Policy & Social Work , University of Malta
August 7, 2015

This is a really helpful text that sets evidence based practice in context and guides the student towrad becomming an evidence based practitioner rather then simply discuss evidence based pratice.

My only critism of the book is the cost as I had hoped to be able to purcahse copies to distribute to Newly Qualified Social Workers in another area of my work but it was too expensive. It would have been a very useful book for this group of SWs to give them in their move from students to becoming registered social workers.

Mrs Mary Macdonald
Dept of Health,Wellbeing & the family, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 28, 2014

I teach undergraduates. I will consider for foundation graduate students.

Dr John Gonzalez
Social Work Dept, University of Texas - Pan American
October 1, 2013

In the CJ system, a repeated approach of gathering information and analyzing data is essential in gaining a better understanding of the social dynamics within a particular area of a city, town, or rural community, to determine where to use resources in order to heighten public safety. This particular text helps the CJ student to better understand this process. The previously used textbook failed to provide this guidance, although the students understood research methods, in general.

Dr Don Gala
Criminal Justice, Martin Methodist College
September 17, 2013

university chose alternative book

Ms Sharon Goldberg
School Of Social Work, Adelphi University
May 16, 2013

Didn't receive in time

Dr Jeanne Thomas
Social Work Dept, Eastern Michigan University
February 17, 2012
Key features


  • Provides guidance in incorporating evidence-based practice principles and procedures into social work curricula—offering practitioners and students a method for building into the intervention process a much-needed problem­-solving and evaluative component
  • Includes global case examples in every chapter to illustrate concepts in action
  • Includes critical thinking questions and analysis throughout the text to boost student comprehension
  • Highlights and illustrates social work ethics concepts throughout the text
  • Uses a down-to-earth approach to help students focus on the concepts rather than the technical language that is often difficult to apply in practice settings

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