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Quality of Care  

Enola Proctor and J. Curtis McMillen

Assessing and improving the quality of social services is one of the most pressing concerns for social work practice and research. Practice in nearly every setting is affected by ... More

Quantitative Research  

Shenyang Guo

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry describes the definition, history, theories, and applications of quantitative methods in social work research. Unlike qualitative research, quantitative research emphasizes ... More

Randomized Control Trials  

Phyllis Solomon

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Sep 2013
This entry defines Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) and puts them in an historical context. It provides an understanding of the distinction between efficacy and effectiveness RCTs and ... More

Research: History of Research  

Joan Levy Zlotnik

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
An important attribute of a profession is the systematic study of its practices, to continually advance its service modalities. Throughout its history the social work profession has ... More

Research: Overview  

Tony Tripodi and Marina Lalayants

This entry reviews the state of social work research from the appearance of the social work research overview in the previous encyclopedia to the early 2010s. Social work research is ... More

Scales and Indices  

Kevin Corcoran

This entry reviews the uses of scales and instruments in social work practice, including scales and instruments for diagnosis and evidencing treatment necessity, as methods for monitoring ... More

Single-System Designs  

Joel Fischer and John G. Orme

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Single-system designs (SSDs) are a family of user-friendly empirical procedures that can be used to help professionals to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the services they ... More

Social Impact Assessment  

Paula T. Morelli and Jon Kei Matsuoka

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Social impact assessment (SIA) is the process of analyzing (predicting, evaluating and reflecting) and managing the intended and unintended consequences on the human environment of planned ... More

Social Work Education: Doctoral  

James E. Lubben

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Social work doctoral education in the U.S. commenced almost 100 years ago. Although initial growth was slow, the number of universities offering doctoral degrees in social work has rapidly ... More

Social Work Education: Research  

David E. Biegel and Susan Yoon

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Jun 2013
Research education at the bachelor’s and master’s levels has attempted to address concerns related to students’ purported lack of interest in research courses and graduates’ failure to ... More

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