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The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research

1st Edition

Edited by Lynette Joubert, Martin Webber


568 pages | 66 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Practice Research is the first book 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. 

Divided into six sections:

  • Introduction
  • 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.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


Irwin Epstein

Ch.1 Introduction

Lynette Joubert & Martin Webber

Section 1: State of the Art

Ch. 2 Identifying the Conceptual Foundations of Practice Research

Michael Austin

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

Lars Uggerhøj

Ch.4 From Research Question to Practice Research Methodology

Mike Fisher

Ch.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, Pernille Wisti

Ch.6 Practice Research as a Collective Enterprise

Ian Shaw

Ch.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

Ch.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

Ch.9 Methodological pluralism in practice research

Martin Webber

Ch.10 Pragmatist Knowledge Production in Practice Research

Heidi Muurinen & Mirja Satka

Ch.11 Evaluating Social Work Practice with Single System Research Designs

Bruce A. Thyer

Ch.12 Measuring Effectiveness in Practice Research

Grahame Simpson

Ch.13 The interface between qualitative research methodology and practice research

Lisa Morriss

Ch.14 Engaging service users in practice research

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

Ch.15 Practice Research in Indigenous Communities

Angus Macfarlane

Ch.16 Translating ideas of practice research for a national and local child welfare reform process

Laura Yliruka, Päivi Petrelius & Pia Eriksson

Ch.17 Causal Analysis for Practice-Based Research Using Observational Data

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

Section 3 Pedagogies

Ch.18 Teaching practice research through partnerships with field educators, social work communities and university

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

Ch.19 Teaching practice research through fieldwork placements: critical factors for successful trialogical learning processes

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

Ch.20 Teaching Practice Research: a Curriculum Guide for Postgraduate Social Work Training

Martin Webber

Ch.21 Academic Practitioner Collaboration: a state-wide social work innovation from Victoria, Australia

Lynette Joubert, Alison Hocking, Lisa Braddy & Anita Morris

Ch.22 International capacity building for practice research in India

Saju Madavanakadu Devassy, Meredith Fendt-Newlin, Lynette Joubert & Martin Webber

Section 4 Applications

Ch. 23 From practice wisdom to research knowledge: The case of the development of the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Intervention

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

Ch.24 Using existing data to explore practice issues and improve service responses: Application of Clinical Data Mining (CDM) methodology in a health care context

Alys Manguy

Ch.25 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 & Kai Cao

Ch.26 The role of clinical supervision within Australian Youth Cancer Services

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

Ch.27 Narrative practice and practice-based research

Kristina Lainson

Ch.28 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

Ch.29 Sharing Lived Experience in Mental Health Services

Jonny Lovell, Alison O’Connell, & Martin Webber

Ch.30 Co-creation in research with young people

Frida Westerback, Emma Murtonen, Judith Metz & Ilse Julkunen

Ch.31 Parenting Assessment Manual Software with Forensic Parenting Assessments: From Practice to Research

Tracee Green & Martin Webber

Ch.32 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 & Tracy Wilde

Ch.33 The performance of researching with migrants and refugees

Janet Carter Anand, Chaitali Das, Csilla Veszteg & Enkhjargal Batbaata


Section 5 Expanding the frontiers

Ch.34 Beyond Knowledge Transfer in Practice Research in Social Work: Making Sense of Relations and Alliances

Ilse Julkunen & Raija Koskinen

Ch.35 Results to Practice: Navigating Complexities to Create Meaningful Impact

Christa Fouche & Laura Chubb

Ch.36 Staying close to practice: knowledge translation in Practice Research

Meredith Fendt-Newlin

Ch.37 Whence and whither Clinical Data Mining?

Irwin Epstein

Ch.38 New Frontiers for Practice Research

Lynette Joubert & Martin Webber

About the Editors

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.

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