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Research and Evaluation in Social Work Practice




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Course level: Undergraduate

The fundamental concepts of research design, data integration, project implementation, and evaluation are taught in this course. Students are expected to communicate their findings by demonstrating the learned components of a sound scientific method of inquiry and annotating peer-reviewed literature for the purpose of service evaluation, professional contribution, and introductory program development.



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Research and Ethics in Social Work Practice

  • Explain the role of evidence-based research in social work practice.
  • Analyze the application of the research process in social work.
  • Analyze key ethical considerations in social work research.

Beginning the Research Process

  • Formulate a research question
  • Determine the null hypothesis and alternative (treatment) hypothesis in relation to the research question
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of a given measurement construction
  • Differentiate between reliability and validity.

Research Design and Sampling Methods

  • Distinguish between various quantitative and qualitative methods for designing a research study.
  • Explain various research sampling methods.

Data Analysis and Program Evaluation

  • Evaluate quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis
  • Identify common tests of statistical significance.
  • Propose a needs assessment for a specific population

Creating a Research Proposal

  • Propose a research study to advance the social work field.
  • Implement observational research practices.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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