Teaching Master's and Doctoral Social Work Students to Systematically Evaluate Evidence-Based Interventions

Wendy Auslander, Colleen Fisher, Marcia Ollie, Man Soo Yu

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Abstract

Evidence-based research relevant to social work practice has grown dramatically. This article describes a method that was implemented to teach master's and doctoral social work students how to synthesize and evaluate evidence-based interventions for social work-related problems and populations. The method includes eight steps: conceptualize the problem and define the research question(s); conduct a systematic search; define study inclusion and exclusion criteria; identify and categorize types of interventions and outcomes; rate the studies' methodological rigor; determine outcome attainment; combine outcome attainment and study rigor, and compare the evidence across studies. Two examples are presented of the implementation of this approach along with a discussion of the challenges and limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-341
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

Keywords

  • effectiveness
  • evaluation
  • evidence
  • intervention
  • methodological rigor

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