Understanding and Using Research in Social Work

Brian Taylor, John Killick, Anne McGlade

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By using the examples drawn from evidence-based practice (e.g. what is known to work and what we know about social work processes), the authors deliver a text that will help support students to appraise and then integrate research into both their daily practice decisions and their assignments and assessments. It will do this by defining key concepts like 'knowledge' and 'evidence' and then look at how these concepts include component parts - from law and legislation to practice knowledge and reflective and critical practice. Case examples are used to illustrate how a clear understanding of these component parts can build to a substantial evidence base from which to draw upon. Identifying relevant research and appraising its quality are core aspects of the book. Later chapters show students how robust knowledge of evidence-based practice can develop into a clear and confident approach to their workloads and their daily practice dilemmas.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9781473908147, 9781473908130
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameMastering Social Work Practice


  • evidence
  • evidence-based practice
  • evidence-informed practice
  • research appraisal
  • database searching
  • knowledge transfer
  • implementation science


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