1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research

Edited By Lynette Joubert, Martin Webber Copyright 2020
    524 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    524 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research is the first international handbook to focus on practice research for social work. Bringing together leading scholars in the field from Europe, the USA and the Asia Pacific region, it provides an up-to-the minute overview of the latest thinking in practice research whilst also providing practical advice on how to undertake practice research in the field.

    It is divided into five sections:

    • State of the art
    • Methodologies
    • Pedagogies
    • Applications
    • Expanding the frontiers

    The range of topics discussed will enhance student development as well as increase the capacity of practitioners to conduct research; develop coordinating and leadership roles; and liaise with multiple stakeholders who will strengthen the context base for practice research.

    As such, this handbook will be essential reading for all social work students, practitioners and academics as well as those working in other health and social care settings.

    List of contributors

    Foreword: Irwin Epstein

    1 Introduction

    Lynette Joubert & Martin Webber

    Section 1: State of the Art

    2 Identifying the Conceptual Foundations of Practice Research

    Michael Austin

    3 Social Work Practice Research Developments – Four statements, ten years later

    Lars Uggerhøj

    4 From Research Question to Practice Research Methodology

    Mike Fisher

    5 Underlying Theoretical Positions, Perceptions and Foundations in Practice Research

    Maja Lundemark Andersen, Lene Ingemann Brandt, Kirsten Henriksen, Kirsten Mejlvig, Liesanth Nirmalarajan, Mette Rømer, Lars Uggerhøj and Pernille Wisti

    6 Practice Research as a Collective Enterprise

    Ian Shaw

    7 Philanthropic Collaboration in Practice Research: The Mrs Lee Choon Guan Endowed Research Fund Model, Singapore

    Rosaleen Ow, Isabel Sim & Esther Goh

    Section 2: Methodologies

    8 Clinical Data Mining: a practice research methodology of choice for health social workers

    Lynette Joubert, Melinda Collins, Lisa Braddy, Kathryn Turner, Alison Hocking, Denise Beovich, Sarah Blaschke, Fiona Wiseman

    9 Different approaches in practice research

    Maja Lundemark Andersen, Lene Ingemann Brandt, Kirsten Henriksen, Kirsten Mejlvig, Liesanth Nirmalarajan, Mette Rømer, Lars Uggerhøj and Pernille Wisti

    10 Methodological pluralism in practice research

    Martin Webber

    11 Pragmatist knowledge production in practice research

    Heidi Muurinen and Mirja Satka

    12 Evaluating social work practice with single system research designs

    Bruce A. Thyer

    13 Measuring effectiveness in practice research

    Grahame Simpson

    14 The interface between qualitative research methodology and practice research

    Lisa Morriss

    15 Engaging service users in practice research

    Maja Lundemark Andersen, Lene Ingemann Brandt, Kirsten Henriksen, Kirsten Mejlvig, Liesanth Nirmalarajan, Mette Rømer, Lars Uggerhøj and Pernille Wisti

    16 Practice research in Indigenous communities

    Angus Macfarlane

    17 Translating ideas of practice research for a national and local child welfare reform process

    Laura Yliruka, Päivi Petrelius and Pia Eriksson

    18 Causal analysis for practice-based research using observational data

    Arno Parolini, Wei Wu Tan, Marlena Klaic and Anna Bornemisza

    Section: Pedagogies

    19 Teaching practice research through partnerships with field educators, social work communities and university

    Laura Yliruka, Jenika Heinonen, Maria Tapola-Haapala and Nanne Isokuortti

    20 Teaching practice research through fieldwork placements: critical factors for successful trialogical learning processes

    Maria Tapola-Haapala, Aino Kääriäinen, Maija Jäppinen and Mirja Satka

    21 Teaching practice research: a curriculum guide for postgraduate social work training

    Martin Webber

    22 Academic practitioner collaboration: a state-wide social work innovation from Victoria, Australia

    Lynette Joubert, Alison Hocking, Anita Morris and Lisa Braddy

    23 International capacity-building for practice research in India

    Saju MD, Meredith Fendt-Newlin, Lynette Joubert and Martin Webber

    Section 4: Applications

    24 From practice wisdom to research knowledge: the case of the development of the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit intervention model

    Margaret Xi-can Yin, Celia Hoi-yan Chan, Yat-lui Fung and Cecilia Lai-wan Chan

    25 Using existing data to explore practice issues and improve service responses: application of clinical data mining methodology in a healthcare context

    Alys-Marie Manguy, Lynette Joubert, Ed Oakley and Robert Gordon

    26 Post-hospital caregiving experiences: an exploratory, longitudinal mixed-methods study

    Geok Ling Lee, Corinne S.N. Ghoh, Gerald C.H. Koh, Soon Noi Goh, Crystal Chai-Lim, Marcus Y.L. Chiu, Nan Luo and Kai Cao

    27 The role of clinical supervision within Australian Youth Cancer Services

    Kate Thompson, Lucy Holland, Jeremy Lewin, Victoria Dax and Lynette Joubert

    28 Narrative practice and practice-based research

    Kristina Lainson

    29 Co-producing practice research: The Connecting People Implementation Study

    Nicola Moran, Martin Webber, Harminder Dosanjh Kaur, David Morris, Kayonda Ngamaba, Victoria Nunn, E. Thomas and Keith J. Thompson

    30 Sharing lived experience in mental health services

    Jonny Lovell, Alison O’Connell and Martin Webber

    31 Co-creation in research with young people

    Frida Westerback, Emma Murtonen, Judith Metz and Ilse Julkunen

    32 Parenting Assessment Manual Software with forensic parentingassessments: from practice to research

    Tracee Green and Martin Webber

    33 Practice-led research: developing communities of practice to drive research and practice change in the domestic and family violence arena

    Susan Heward-Belle, Cathy Humphreys, Lucy Healey, Menka Tsantefski, Jasmin Isobe, Cherie Toivonen, Erin Links, Amy Young and Tracy Wilde

    34 The performance of researching with migrants and refugees

    Janet Carter Anand, Chaitali Das, Csilla Veszteg and Enkhjargal Batbaatar

    Section 5: Expanding the frontiers

    35 Beyond knowledge transfer in practice research in social work: making sense of relations and alliances

    Ilse Julkunen and Raija Koskinen

    36 Results to practice: navigating complexities to create meaningful impact

    Christa B. Fouché and Laura A. Chubb

    37 Staying close to practice: knowledge translation in practice research

    Meredith Fendt-Newlin

    38 Whence and whither clinical data mining?

    Irwin Epstein

    39 New frontiers for practice research

    Lynette Joubert and Martin Webber



    Lynette Joubert, Department of Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.

    Martin Webber, Professor of Social Work, Director of International Centre for Mental Health Social Research, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York.