Evaluating Practice : Guidelines for the Accountable Professional

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9780132923187: Evaluating Practice : Guidelines for the Accountable Professional

This is a revision of the leading evaluation text in the human services. Bloom, Fischer, and Orme's text is seen as the standard work, and the most comprehensive work available. It incorporates both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluation, and provides extensive coverage of all aspects of evaluation including conceptualization, measurement, design, and analysis. This new edition includes computer disks by Charles Auerbach, David Schnall, and Heidi Heft Laporte of Yeshiva University, specially created for the book. This program, called SINGWIN, is a user-friendly approach to data analysis, described in an all-new chapter (Ch. 23) on computer analysis. The new edition also contains instructions on an updated Windows-based version of the computer assisted social services program for managing cases, charting and filling out scales. This text is very practical, with clear guidelines for the implementation of the concepts discussed. A number of tables and diagrams as well as numerous case examples help students visualize and understand the evaluation process. Although the authors are best-known within the social work discipline, this text can also be used in other professional programs such as nursing, counseling, psychology and psychiatry. An Instructor's Manual available with the text provides a number of student exercises that can be used in class or as homework assignments, as well as for testing materials.

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How do psychologists remain objective when listening to the highly personal problems of their clients? How do social workers measure the problems of their clients within the context of personal and economic factors? How do psychiatrists evaluate whether a patient's condition warrants drug therapy? The accountable professional must have the procedural and experiential know-how to transform data into decisions, and to convert personal problems into objective solutions. For assistance in this type of evaluation, professionals have always turned to the Bloom book - the standard work in evaluation. This revision incorporates both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluation, and provides extensive coverage of all aspects of evaluation. Step-by-step procedures are combined with clear examples on how to assess the practice situation, how to measure, what designs to use, and how to analyze the data in order to make practice decisions and to show accountability. A complete set of computer programs included with the book also helps with the data analysis. A new chapter has been added on computerized data analysis, and many chapters also include a new section on the impact of managed care. Clear guidelines add to the book's practicality and accessibility, explaining how concepts should be implemented. Social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, nurses, and researchers in this field.

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