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Empirical Practice Evaluation

Empirical Practice Evaluation Assignment

Instructions: Read the information below and download or refer to the documents in your workbook.  Submit via GOOGLE SHARE and online in your Blackboard account your completed assignment:

DOWNLOAD the instructions or use your workbook copy
Empirical Practice EVALUATION Handouts

For this assignment, students are required to utilize an empirical instrument to  assess client outcomes for at least 3 individuals or  (1) group.  In most cases you will use either a client satisfaction scale or a goal attainment scale; you may use an existing scale or develop your own Likert-type scale.

Evaluation of practice exercises described here are educational assignments and are not research projects in the sense that data is being gathered for publication or other public dissemination purposes.

This is a very important point!

Any project that gathers data about human subjects with the intent of publicizing the results of data analysis (through publication or other forms of public presentation) constitutes a research project. No such research can be conducted without obtaining prior approval from the Universities human subjects review process.

To repeat: the evaluation of practice exercises required in field are not research projects; they are learning exercises to teach students the elements of doing research. No data gathered through these exercises can be used for any purposes other than student learning.

All students in placement should have experience doing evaluation of social work practice. Practice evaluations may focus on agency clients or consumers (individuals, families, or groups), on agency programs, or on other units of attention such as staff, communities, or population sub-groups. The target of practice evaluation may be a client problem (e.g. increase the number of days a student attends school), a client strength (e.g. maintain high level of school attendance), a program goal (e.g. 80% of agency clients will follow through with referrals), or some other measurable aspect of practice deemed important by the student and the Field Instructor. Most students will elect to evaluate their practice with an individual client or client system (e.g. family) using single system design, but students are encouraged to consider evaluating other units, such as programs.

Data collection may include one or more:standardized questionnaires (e.g. the Parent-Child Relationship Index); self-report tools such as self-anchored scales and logs; field notes or other ways of recording activity and impression in action research; behavioral observations using insession, parent, or teacher rating scales, audiotape, or videotape; and, archival data such as probation reports, employment records, school reports, or medical records. The choice of which goals or problems to measure in a given evaluation and how to measure them are the responsibility of the Field Instructor and student.

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Written by tusksowk

June 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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