Social Work Evaluation: Enhancing What We Do (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780190916657

James R. Dudley
360 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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Social workers are increasingly met with the demands of evaluating their own programs and practice to maintain accountability with stakeholders, secure funding, and to remedy a number of large-scale problems facing our society. One of the four basic areas of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), evaluation, is a critical process for demonstrating social work programs' ability to help the clients and communities they serve.

Social Work Evaluation, Third Edition, offers a straightforward guide in a broad range of social work evaluations at both the program and practice levels. Author James R. Dudley's seven-step approach to evaluation makes use of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods to identify oversight and issues at the planning, implementation, and final outcome stages of intervention development. His unique focus on involving clients in the evaluation process ensures social workers consistently improve their capacity to impact clients' well-being and remain accountable to the communities they serve. Case examples from the author's extensive experience in evaluation illustrate a number of logic-based methods discussed throughout the text for real-world application. This comprehensive text aims to enhance student and practitioner skill sets to meet the demands of a changing field.




Part I: Introduction

1 Evaluation and Social Work: Making the Connection

Part II: Orientation to the Bigger Picture of Evaluations

2 The Influence of History and Varying Theoretical Views

3 The Role of Ethics in Evaluations

4 Common Types of Evaluations

5 Focusing an Evaluation

Part III: The Planning or Input Stage

6 Needs Assessments

7 Crafting Goals and Objectives

Part IV: The Implementation Stage

8 Improving How Programs and Practice Work

Part V: The Outcome Stage

9 Is the Intervention Effective?

Part VI: Final Steps in Completing an Evaluation

10 Analyzing Evaluation Data

11 Preparing and Disseminating a Report of Findings

Part VII: Consuming Evaluation Reports

12 Becoming Critical Consumers of Evaluations



About the author: 

James R. Dudley, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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