SOCW 6311: Social Work Research in Practice II


Please note that this is a master level course so master level work. Please check the grammar and you have to use the reading that I have provided to you. You must answer all the questions that I post. Thank you.

Week 1 Evidence-Based Practice: What, Why, and How

Resources Readings

• Thyer, B. (2010). Introductory principles of social work research. In B. Thyer (Ed.), The handbook of social work research methods (2nd ed., pp.1–8). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

• Cooney, S. M., Huser, C. M., Small, S., & O’Connor, C. (2007). Evidence-based programs: An overview. What Works, Wisconsin—Research to Practice Series, (6), 1–8. Retrieved from

• O’Connor, C., Small, S. A., & Cooney, S. M. (2007). Program fidelity and adaptation: Meeting local needs without compromising program effectiveness. What Works, Wisconsin—Research to Practice Series, (4), 1–6. Retrieved from

• Small, S. A., Cooney, S. M., Eastman G. & O’Connor, C. (2007). Guidelines for selecting an evidence-based program: Balancing community needs, program quality, and organizational resources. What Works, Wisconsin—Research to Practice Series, (3), 1–6. Retrieved from

• University of Wisconsin Extension. (2007). Research to practice report briefs. Retrieved from

• Small, S. A., Reynolds, A. J., O’Connor, C., & Cooney, S. M. (2005). What works, Wisconsin: What science tells us about cost-effective programs for juvenile delinquency prevention. Retrieved from onsin.pdf

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Evidence-based practices resource center. Retrieved from

• Whittaker, J. K. (2009). Evidence-based intervention and services for high-risk youth: A North American perspective on the challenges of integration for policy, practice,

and research. Child & Family Social Work, 14(2), 166–177.

• The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. (2018). Program registry. Retrieved from

• Social Work Policy Institution. (2018). Evidence-based practice. Retrieved from Media

• Laureate Education (Producer). (2013d). MSW homepage [Interactive media]. Retrieved from

• Laureate Education (Producer). (2013a). Bradley family episode 4 [Video file]. Retrieved from

Consider the following quotation: “Oftentimes, potential users of research knowledge are unconnected to those who do the research, and consequently a huge gap ensues between research knowledge and practice behaviors” (Barwick, M., Boudell, K., Stasiulis, E., Ferguson, H., Blase, K., & Fixsen, D., 2005). Social workers must work to close the gap perceived by the authors of this quote.

In your previous research course, you addressed the concept of evidence-based practice. However, it is important not to fall into a habit of using the term “evidence-based practice” without a clear understanding of its meaning. In particular, it is important to understand what standards of evidence must exist to classify an intervention or a program as evidence-based. In this assignment, you are to clarify your understanding of the nature of evidence-based practice and analyze the challenges and opportunities for implementing evidence-based practice in your current social work practice.

To prepare for this Discussion, read the Learning Resources that provide information about different aspects of the evidence-based practice concept. As you read, consider how evidence-based practice or evidence-based programs might be used in a social work agency where you work or where you had a practicum experience.


Characteristics, Challenges, and Opportunities of Evidence Based Design

post a distinguishing description of the characteristics of evidence-based practice. Then provide an evaluation of factors that might support or impede your efforts in adopting evidence-based practice or evidence-based programs.