Evaluating Human Services A Practical Approach for the Human Service Professional

ISBN-10: 0205503462

ISBN-13: 9780205503469

Edition: 2009

Authors: Reginald O. York

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Evaluating Human Services: A Practical Approach for the Human Service Professional,nbsp;enables studentsnbsp;to learn the skillsnbsp;of evaluation through practicalnbsp;application and analysis -nbsp;from the simple to the complex.nbsp;It is designed to equip the front-line human service practitioner with the ability to evaluate services in a practical step-by-step format.nbsp; For, itnbsp;covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods, includes all the essential concepts enumerated in social work accreditation standards, andnbsp;addresses cultural competence in regard to research.nbsp;nbsp; nbsp; In addition, while the process of evaluation researchnbsp;remains the booksnbsp;focus, all essential concepts of research are included - and remain centered onnbsp;competencies, rather than broad-based abstractions.nbsp; Therefore,nbsp;the model of this text is both developmental and experiential.nbsp; Not only does it provide a clearnbsp;progression from simple to more complex concepts and tasks, it alsonbsp;calls upon the learner to apply their research. nbsp;
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List price: $106.40
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Evaluation Research and Scientific Inquiry
The Nature of Scientific Research
The Nature of Scientific Inquiry [1.A]
An Examination of Some Common Sense Principles [1.B]
Evaluation Research Uses a Process of Discovery, Not Justification. [1.B.1]
Don't Re-invent the Wheel! [1.B.2]
Don't Put the Cart Before the Horse! [1.B.3]
Two Heads are Better than One! [1.B.4]
Some Things Happen Just by Chance! [1.B.5]
When We Wear the Research Hat
We must be Very Cautious in Our Conclusions. [1.B.6]
Applying the Basic Principles--Does the Full Moon Make People Act Different? [1.C]
Studies on the effect of the full moon [1.C.1]
Ethics in Social Research [1.D]
Four Purposes of Research [1.E]
How are different types of research similar? [1.F]
Two Processes of Scientific Inquiry--Deductive and Inductive [1.G]
Two Forms of Information-Quantitative and Qualitative [1.H]
Four Methods of Gathering Information: Surveys, Interviews, Direct Observation, and Documents [1.I]
Scientific Research and Cultural Competence. [1.J]
Summary
Quiz
Conducting a Study to Illustrate Common Sense Principles of Science
A Brief Review of Research Ethics before We Begin Our Study [2.A]
Our Initial Steps in the Study [2.B]
Let's make sure we are not re-inventing the wheel. [2.B.2]
Let's make sure we are using a process of discovery, not justification. [2.B.3]
Are we putting the cart before the horse? [2.B.4]
The Next Steps in Our Study Process [2.C]
Calculating the Number of Your Soul Urge [2.C.1]
Taking into Consideration that Some Things Happen Just by Chance. [2.C.2]
We're wearing the research hat, so let's be sure we are cautious in our conclusions. [2.C.3]
Quiz
An Overview of Evaluation Research
What is Evaluation? [3.A]
Key Questions in Evaluation [3.B]
How well are our services reaching the target population? [3.B.1]
Are clients satisfied? [3.B.2]
Have our clients experienced growth? [3.B.3]
Did the service cause the client growth? [3.B.4]
The Scope of Evaluation Research [3.C]
The Nature of Program Evaluation Research [3.C.1]
The Nature of Clinical Evaluation Research [3.C.2]
Types of Evaluation [3.D]
The Evaluation of Need [3.D.1]
The Evaluation of Service Process [3.D.2]
The Evaluation of Efficiency [3.D.3]
The Evaluation of Outcome [3.D.4]
The Evaluation of Client Satisfaction [3.D.5]
Using Client Surveys to Assess Outcome Retrospectively [3.D.6]
Selected Models of Evaluation [3.E]
The Experiment [3.E.1]
The Case Study Method [3.E.2]
Utilization-focused Evaluation [3.E.3]
Summary
Quiz
Preliminary Exercises in the Evaluation of Human Services
Exercise A: Using NGT to Evaluate Client Need
The NGT Process
Advantages and Limitations of NGT
Step-by-Step Procedures for Using Nominal Group Technique (NGT)
Determining Whether to Use NGT
Preparing for the NGT Meeting
Convening the Meeting and Introducing the NGT Process
The Silent Generation of Ideas in Writing
The Roundrobin Recording of Ideas
Serial Discussion for Clarification
Preliminary Vote on Item Importance
Discussion of the Preliminary Vote
Final Vote
Forms to be used with the NGT procedures
Exercise B: Preliminary Examination of Service Process
Identifying the Program and Client Needs
Assessing Service Process
Exercise C: Preliminary Design of an Outcome Study
Task #1: Identifying the target behavior
Task #2: Identifying the Interve
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