Practice Evaluation Strategies Among Clinical Social Workers: New Directions in Practice Research
practice research, evaluation research, dual-process theory, social workers
Practice evaluation strategies range in style from the formal-analytic tools of single-subject designs, rapid assessment instruments, algorithmic steps in evidence-based practice, and computer software applications, to the informal-interactive tools of clinical supervision, consultation with colleagues, use of client feedback, and clinical experience. The purpose of this study was to provide practice researchers in social work with a more complete understanding of how and why social workers evaluate their practice the way they do.
Drawing on advances in the cognitive and social neurosciences, the study identified among clinical social workers an informal-interactive tool preference that displays itself as a cognitively necessary, sufficient, and stand-alone preference that required neither the supplementation nor balance of formal-analytic tools.
New directions in social work practice research are required and delineated.
Original Publication Citation
Davis, T. D., Dennis, C. B. & Culbertson, S. (2015). Practice evaluation strategies among clinical social workers: New directions in practice research. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(6), 654-669.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Davis, Thomas D.; Dennis, Cory B.; and Culberston, Susan E., "Practice Evaluation Strategies Among Clinical Social Workers: New Directions in Practice Research" (2015). Faculty Publications. 3045.
Research on Social Work Practice
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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