SW 622 Evaluating and Utilizing Evidence-Based Practices in Social Work

3 credits

This course will focus on developing students’ knowledge of current interventions in relation to evaluating and utilizing existing evidence. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes of evidence-based practice formulation, systematic review of the literature, critical evaluation of individual studies, and structured data synthesis to assess the quality of evidence associated with interventions and outcomes. We will critically assess the strengths and limitations of research with vulnerable populations, including the risks and benefits of conventional and emerging approaches. We will also consider how existing evidence applies to direct practice within the context of a trauma-informed human rights (TIHR) perspective.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply and adapt research to direct practice with vulnerable populations and in alignment with a TIHR perspective;
  2. Systematically review literature and critically evaluate studies to assess the quality of evidence supporting specific interventions and their outcomes;
  3. Describe the various methods for analyzing and evaluating the evidence base of an intervention (e.g., descriptive and inferential methods, meta-analysis, scales for ranking evidence quality); and
  4. Articulate the role of professional learning networks in reviewing and critiquing existing evidence.