This book is a practical overview of evaluation in social work by a distinguished author who has also been an evaluator and an agency administrator. This book includes an evaluation of one's own practice, the use of group research designs for evaluation practice, needs assessment, and evaluation ethics. Chapters also cover unique subjects, including chapters on licensing, accreditation, auditing, accounting,, and other methods that social work administrators and practitioners must often address. The book includes examples of evaluations conducted by organizations such as the Manpower Development Research Corporation and the Urban Institute, which are major forces in public policy decisions but which have not been extensively covered in the social work literature. For practicing social workers or anyone interested in topics related to social work evaluation.
Ginsberg (U. of South Carolina) discusses how social workers and others in the human services demonstrate the quality and outcomes of their efforts. The volume's 14 chapters address current issues and contexts; classic evaluation processes for social work programs; internal monitoring and quality control; and research methods and evaluation concepts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)