Instructions: Your work for this course will consist of three assignments. This work is designed to assist you in integrating your knowledge of social work practice with your new knowledge of social work research and the process of evidence-based practice. You will focus on your current/recent field placement or current/recent work in a social service or health care setting. If you do not currently work or attend field placement in a social service or health care setting your instructor will work with you or assign you to an appropriate setting. For each assignment in this course, please follow the following rules:
Use American Psychological Association (APA) format (6th edition) for your writing, in-text citations, and references (see SSU SWK student handbook)
- Include a cover page and references in your main document, even though they do not count as part of the page limit
- Use the headers outlined in each assignment (e.g. write them into your paper)
- Use double spacing for text and references for assignments 1 and 3, single spacing for assignment 2.
- Pages should have a margin of one inch on all sides
- Every claim made in your first and third assignments needs to be supported by a citation – even if you think it is “common knowledge.” Do not use indirect sources (i.e. “Slayter (2008) as cited in Driskell (2009)…,” instead, find the original source)
- Use “personal communication” citation per APA style only in the first assignment
- Do not use quotes as sentences, to do so is not indicative of graduate level work.
Here is an example of what NOT to do:
This paper will explore the existing knowledge base about the impact of domestic violence on children. “The number of children exposed to domestic violence in the United States each year was estimated to be as high as 10 million. Data indicate high rates (28% to 70%) of these children are themselves physically abused, sexually abused, or both (Einat, 1998).” The long-term impact of parental domestic violence on children has also been documented (Willensky and Jones, 1999).
Here is an example of what you DO want to do:
This paper will explore the existing knowledge base about the impact of domestic violence on children. Existing research suggests that as many as ten million children witness domestic violence annually (Einat, 1998). Further, this research suggests that there is often co-occurrence of parental domestic violence with the physical and/or sexual abuse of children who witness such violence – at rates of between 28 to 70 percent, respectively (Einat, 1998). The long-term impact of parental domestic violence on children has also been documented (Willensky and Jones, 1999).
Assignment 1: Agency/Organization Assessment 20% (3-5 pages)
a) Describe your agency/ organization (i.e. funding, location, referral process, and hierarchical structure).
b) Which population or populations are served?
c) What is your role/job?
2.Description of services offered at your agency/organization:
a) Identify the various “units” of service delivery at your agency/organization (e.g. therapy, case management, residential services, massage therapy, acupuncture, biomedical care, legal representation, etc.)
b) Choose one client/population involved in your agency/organization and a “unit” of service delivery used with this client/population and describe the approach to service delivery in as much detail as possible.
c) After interviewing someone in your agency/organization, describe how the approach to service delivery/program developed. Was it based on evidence of any kind – per the agency? You must interview people from your agency/organization for this assignment. Provide citations of the evidence shared with you – or state if there are no citations. Do not search the literature for citations to support what your agency says if they do not offer them (we’ll do that later).
3. Contextual analysis:
a) What is the social problem/issue that is being addressed in the client/population you have identified and re: the unit of service delivery you have identified?
b) Who/how many does this problem impact in the United States? Internationally?
4. Proposed research question/s:
a) Formulate a research question to guide you in your work on Assignment 2. Your question should address the client/population and unit of service delivery identified above . Everyone’s question will be framed as follows: What is the best available evidence to support (insert unit of service delivery) with (insert client/population)?