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Using Complexity Theory for Research and Program Evaluation

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ISBN-10: 0199829462

ISBN-13: 9780199829460

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael Wolf-Branigin

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Complexity as a paradigm has been underutilized by social work, but this cutting-edge pocket guide makes a convincing argument for its use. Every agency worker has been faced with a deluge of records, making it difficult to grasp onto structures and trends undergirding behavior. Complexitytheory studies the interactions of competitive and cooperative tendencies of agents such as individuals, families, groups, or communities, making the case that there is a hidden order in things that are seemingly chaotic. Exploring their interactions involves identifying a set of simple rules thatthe agents follow, revealing patterns that emerge without a predetermined template.Readers will learn how to…    
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.27" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: The History and Theory of Complexity
Framing Social Services as Complex Systems
Research and Evaluation Methods for Complexity
Shifting from a Metaphorical to a Mathematical Approach
Social Work Applications of Complexity
Introduction to Agent-based Modeling
Developing Agent-based Models
Concluding Remarks and Proposed Research Agenda
Code for Example One
Code for Example Two
Example of an Agent-Based Model Report
Additional Resources
Glossary
Notes
References
Index