Practice research partnerships in social work can make a significant difference to social work service delivery. This comprehensive, accessibly written resource, is designed to help students and practitioners to actively engage with research through their frontline work.
Through clear practice scenarios, critical questions and examples from research the text guides researchers, students, educators, practice managers, funders and practitioners to creatively explore partnerships in creating, contributing, consuming, commissioning or critiquing evidence in and for social work practice. The text encourages collaborative practice by demonstrating the transformative nature of knowledge networks to ‘make a difference’ in social work practice.
An essential text for students undertaking professional training at all levels as well as meeting the needs of qualified staff for continued professional development.
"In practice research, collaboration between researchers and practitioners makes all the difference. Fouche’s text takes our profession that next step." Irwin Epstein, Rehr Professor of Social Work Research, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York
"Essential reading for both students and practitioners of social work. This book will clarify, challenge and inspire in equal measure." Professor Hugh McLaughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Christa Fouche is Associate Professor of Social Work at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a registered social worker with vast experience internationally as practitioner, educator, researcher, manager and organisational consultant. Christa has developed numerous effective partnerships through active involvement in communities of practice. She has written papers and a co-authored book on practice research and acted as mentor on interdisciplinary and culturally diverse practice research teams.
Section 1: The relationship between research and practice;
The nature of practice-based research in Social Work;
The context of practice research;
Section 2: Designing practice research;
Framing the project;
Designing applied research;
Data collection and analysis in practice research;
Section 3: Nurturing networks;
Dissemination and utilisation;
Research mentoring relationships;
The full cycle.