Offering an excellent, client-oriented, results-driven means for studying practice evaluation, this book brings together practice, research, structural change in service delivery, and specific skills in an integrated, problem-solving way. With managed care becoming such a hot topic, professionals need to track client assessments and demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of their treatment. PRACTICE EVALUATION IN THE 21st CENTURY helps readers develop the skills to monitor efficacy by integrating practice and research in the book, as well as providing access to powerful evaluation software via the Web. The book effectively conveys to readers the importance of empirically evaluating social work practice and the responsibility of all practitioners to engage in evaluation as an integrated part of professional practice. Readers have access to the CASS software on the accompanying Web site and will find that the contextual support in the text along with easy-to-follow documentation make the software easy to use.
Although primarily a college textbook, this text is also intended to provide those employed in the helping professions with assessment and evaluation techniques for use in their practices. Nine chapters cover single-case designs and how they work within managed care environments. Seven chapters are devoted to measurement tools in practice, such as short-form measures, short-form scales and multidimensional assessment tools. The final section focuses exclusively on the use of CASS practice evaluation software. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)