The book fully integrates evidence based practice methodology into the heart of the text, rather than in a single chapter.
In addition to presenting the key concepts needed for the research methods text, the book helps students not only understand the research process, but it also equips them with the skills needed to a) evaluate studies b) translate relevant behavioral science into practice principles and implement evaluation procedures in their daily practice.
The book begins with an introduction and rationale for using evidence based practice and the basic roles of an evidence based practitioner.
Next the book covers evaluating research into practice generalizations.
Then the authors cover designs for evaluation of practice, traditional designs, application of statistical techniques in evaluation of practice and advanced statistical techniques in social work research.
Next the book covers the research process in preparing for research, developing and formulating quality proposals, developing management information systems for Human Services and emerging trends and issues.