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2nd Edition

Evaluating in Practice

ISBN 9780754678588
Published June 28, 2011 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

Evaluation is not a self-contained phase of social work practice - one more dimension of the process - but a dimension of every phase. In this fully rewritten and updated second edition of his groundbreaking text Evaluating in Practice, Ian Shaw demonstrates how evaluation and inquiry are just as much practice tasks as planning, intervention and review. By demonstrating that good evaluating in practice helps sustain a commitment to evidence, understanding and justice, Shaw shows that for this to be achieved, evaluating in practice must permeate every aspect of social work. He: 1. Develops a framework for embedding evaluation and inquiry as a dimension of good practice in social work. 2. Demonstrates the central significance of a 'methodological practice' in social work that adapts, infuses, and translates social research methods as a dimension of the different aspects of social work, viz. assessment, planning, intervention, review and outcomes. 3. Facilitates good practice by exemplifying the argument through extensive worked examples and exercises. This book has much to say about the demanding skills that are necessary to achieve this shaping of practice and is a must-read for any social work student or practitioner.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface to the second edition; Keeping social work honest; Walking the borders: practice and research; Practitioners talk; A frame for evaluating in practice; Interlude; New agenda, new methods: evaluating assessments and plans; Social work in action: evaluating the process of practice; The end game: evaluating outcomes; Developing evaluating in practice; Bibliography; Index.

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Ian F. Shaw, Professor of Social Work, University of York, UK


"This is an excellent book for all involved in social work practice for three reasons. Firstly, it clearly demonstrates how the use of qualitative evaluation and inquiry can enhance practice. Secondly it empharises the importance of methodologically-based practice, and thirdly, it promotes evaluation as a dimension that occurs throughout social work practice… Overall, this is a book for 21st century practice through continuous evaluation of practice clearly aligns with that of the social work community of practice. I recommend this book to you and urge you to read and discuss it with your colleagues, as well as include it as part of your continuous professional development log." - Dr Kieran O’Donoghue, Director of Social Work and Social Policy, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work