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Research for Effective Social Work Practice

4th Edition

By Judy L. Krysik


476 pages | 47 B/W Illus.

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In this book and companion website you will find:

■ A practice-oriented description of qualitative and quantitative research methods that engages rather than intimidates students

■ Illustrations of real-life research and evaluation from different levels of social work practice, encompassing many populations

■ Attention to the ethics and politics of research at each phase of the process, from the identification of an issue through reporting findings

■ Exercises that provide hands-on learning opportunities in research and evaluation

■ A historical, strengths-based perspective on research and evaluation in social work that teaches empowerment and professionalism

■ Six in-depth, interactive, easy-to-access cases, that include data in SPSS and Excel

■ A wealth of instructor-only resources available at, including sample syllabi, links, multiple-choice, and free-response test items all linked to current EPAS standards, and PowerPoint presentations.

Table of Contents

Preface About the Authors Acknowledgements 1. The Context of Social Work Research 2. The Politics and Ethics of Social Work Research 3. Research Problems and Research Questions 4. Single Subject Research 5. Research in Agencies and Communities 6. Qualitative Research with Dr. Robin Bonifas 7. Group Research Design 8. Sampling 9. Measurement 10. Data Collection and Data Entry 11. Descriptions of Quantitative Data 12. Bivariate Statistics and Statistical Inference 13. A Researcher’s Writing and Presentation Tools References Glossary/Index

About the Author

Judy Krysik is an Associate Professor in Social Work at Arizona State University, Phoenix, and Director of the ASU Center for Child Well-Being. She teaches research methods, evaluation, program planning, and practice with children and families. Her current research pursuits focus on infants and toddlers in out-of-home care and community collaboration in the field of child welfare. She is a member of the NASW National Ethics Committee and she serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Social Work Education, Social Work Research, and the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

About the Series

New Directions in Social Work

A Routledge Series
New Directions in Social Work is an innovative, integrated series offering a uniquely distinctive teaching strategy for generalist courses in the social work curriculum, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The series integrates 5 texts with custom websites housing interactive cases, companion readings, and a wealth of resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience. Please visit for more information.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General