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Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice by John S. Wodarski, Laura M. Hopson

Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice


Part of the Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work Series


Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice by John S. Wodarski, Laura M. Hopson

The book fully integrates evidence based practice methodology into the heart of the text, rather than in a single chapter. In addition to presenting the key concepts needed for the research methods text, the book helps students not only understand the research process, but it also equips them with the skills needed to a) evaluate studies b) translate relevant behavioral science into practice principles and implement evaluation procedures in their daily practice. The book begins with an introduction and rationale for using evidence based practice and the basic roles of an evidence based practitioner. Next the book covers evaluating research into practice generalizations. Then the authors cover designs for evaluation of practice, traditional designs, application of statistical techniques in evaluation of practice and advanced statistical techniques in social work research. Next the book covers the research process in preparing for research, developing and formulating quality proposals, developing management information systems for Human Services and emerging trends and issues.


The text enables students to understand how to become an evidence-based practitioner - this is an important part of training students as practitioners. -- Emmerentie Oliphant The greatest strength in the proposed text is the text takes the use of evidence-based practice in social work to the next level, namely, identifying the components and areas that need to be focused on. I believe there is a need for a text that walks people through the various stages of implementing evidence based practice, providing the rational and examples of how to accomplish the implementation, and sustainability of using evidence-based practice. All too often, students leave the need for research behind once they have completed the course. This text emphasizes the continued need to stay informed on new developments, and techniques in the social work field. -- Ameda A. Manetta The text addresses important current issues and provides a how to guide for students to evaluate and translate research findings into practice. This is a very crucial, fundamentally important work that discusses the relevance and steps to making EBP (evidence-based practice) a reality for helping professionals. The language is easy to read and the approach is practical, organized, and almost intuitive approach to the content. Students will find the book easy to read compared to the traditional research textbooks. This practice approach enhances the attractiveness of the book as a supplementary text to major research textbooks. -- Adrian Kok

About the Author

John Wodarski is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Tennessee. During his 30 years of experience as a research scientist, he has served as the principal investigator for projects that implement and evaluate evidence based interventions and has successfully obtained funding for 75 federal, state, and foundation grants. He has co-edited or coauthored over twenty books and teaches courses in Research Methods. Laura Hopson is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Her research focuses on evidence-based prevention and intervention in schools and risk and protective factors associated with academic success. She teaches courses in Advanced Clinical Practice and Evaluation of Clinical Practice.

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Publication date

13th December 2011


John S. Wodarski, Laura M. Hopson

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SAGE Publications Inc


192 pages


Social work



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