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Quasi-Experimental Research Designs

ISBN-10: 0195387384

ISBN-13: 9780195387384

Edition: 2012

Authors: Bruce A. Thyer

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It is usually the case that ethical and pragmatic considerations preclude the use of randomly assigning social work clients to experimental and comparative treatment conditions. In such instances, the practicality of employing a quasi-experimental method becomes an excellent alternative. Quasi-experimental research designs allow researchers to compare groups, and the use of increasingly sophisticated programs provides greater statistical control for what has become the most widely employed research approach used to evaluate the outcomes of social work programs and policies. This pocket guide describes the logic, design, and conduct of the range of such designs, encompassing pre-experiments, quasi-experiments making use of a control or comparison group, and time-series designs. An introductory chapter describes the valuable role these types of studies have played in social work, from the 1930s to the present. Subsequent chapters delve into each design type's major features, the kinds of questions it is capable of answering, and its strengths and limitations. By linking the theoretical discussion of quasi-experimental designs with actual applications in social work literature, the usefulness and vitality of these research methods comes alive for readers.While this book can be utilized as a manual, it will also have great value for practitioners seeking a greater conceptual understanding of quasi-experimental studies in social work literature. Human service professionals planning to undertake a program evaluation of their agency's services will find this book helpful in understanding the steps and actions needed to adopt a quasi-experimental strategy.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550

Bruce Thyer is currently a Professor and former Dean with the College of Social Work at Florida State University.nbsp; Dr. Thyer spent the years 1987 - 2002 with the University of Georgia, where he earned the rank of Distinguished Research Professor.nbsp; He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.nbsp; In 2012 he was elected to the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Thyer is the founder and current editor of one of social work's premier journals, RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, and is the author of over 250 articles, 80 chapters and he had authored or edited over 25 professional books.nbsp; His research interests involve the promotion of evidence-based practice, evaluation research, applied behavior analysis, and social work theory.

Preface
The Role of Group Research Designs to Evaluate Social Work Practice
Pre-Experimental Group Research Designs
Quasi-Experimental Group Research Designs
Time-Series Research Designs
Evaluating and Reporting Quasi-Experimental Studies
Glossary
References
Index