SW 514 Evaluation in Social Work

3 credits

Professional social workers continually evaluate their own practices as well as the programs in which they work. Students will learn how to evaluate their practice while being sensitive to the issues presented by culturally diverse populations, those at risk and other vulnerable groups. Students will be able to broaden the empirical knowledge base of the profession and target programs for efficiency, effectiveness, and humane and ethical standards. In acquiring the tools to evaluate programs and practice, students will have opportunities to learn how to: (1) apply research methods to conceptualize and measure problems, targets and goals; (2) implement research design and the methods of evaluation; (3) conduct basic forms of data analyses and interpret the results; and (4) report findings.