DETAILS ON YOUR ASSIGNMENTS:
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 3: Literature review and proposal for program evaluation 40% (20-22 pages)
I. Introduction: Present the revised version of assignment 1, showing that you are responsive to the comments I made on your first paper. End this section by re-stating the question that you approached your annotated bibliography with –namely What is the best available evidence to support (insert unit of service delivery) with (insert client/population)?)
II. Literature review: Drawing on your annotated bibliography and other sources as necessary, write a full literature review of your topic. Use headers for topics. Do not report on your articles in list form (i.e. first, this study did X and then this study did Y…) instead, you need to compare, contrast and synthesize the existing research using a critical lens.
III. Recommendation for intervention: After your literature review, explain how you considered the existing research, client needs and the agency/organization in making your recommendation (see process of EBP graphic discussed each week in class). You are making a reasoned recommendation for the best evidence-supported program/intervention/s or approaches for work with your identified population re: the unit of service delivery you identified. You want to be sure to justify your recommendation.
IV. Proposed evaluation approach: Now that you have proposed a recommended intervention for your agency/organization, you are going to propose an evaluation method. This is a theoretical paper as you are not implementing this recommendation. Address all of the following points (using these sub-headings) and justify each of your choices in detail:
- Indicate whether you are doing process evaluation, outcome evaluation or both
- State the research question/s and hypotheses (if appropriate)
- State your research design (i.e. cross-sectional, longitudinal, other)
- Provide details about your sampling approach (i.e. selection criteria, one vs. two groups)
- Address ethical considerations with respect to beneficence, respect and justice
- Explain your proposed data collection approach (qualitative/quantitative/mixed)
- If you are using a quantitative approach, describe your specific instruments and/or variable operationalization
- If you are using a qualitative approach, state main interview questions
- Describe in detail your proposed data analysis approaches
- If you are using a quantitative approach, describe whether you are using univariate, bivariate or multivariate approaches, or all
- If you are using a qualitative approach, state your specific qualitative method and approaches to boosting the trustworthiness of the data
- Describe the limitations of the study
- If you are using a quantitative approach, address specific threats to validity
- If you are using a qualitative approach, address threats to trustworthiness
- Describe the potential strengths of the study
- Describe the potential implications of the study for your client/population and agency/organization