Challenges and Futures for Social Work and Social Policy Research Methods

Barbara Fawcett, Susan Goodwin, Ruth Phillips

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Research contributes both to policy and practice frameworks. It is used to explore key areas, to produce constructive analyses, to contribute to evidence-based policy and practice and to inform evaluative activity. In the fields of social policy and so-cial work, practitioners are also increasingly undertaking research both to inform their practice and to generate and test out policies. In this chapter, research meth-odology, analytical processes and dissemination activity are discussed and ap-praised. Methodological issues associated with researching into these fields are examined and future directions are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethodological Choice and Design
Subtitle of host publicationScholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research
EditorsL. Markauskaite, P. Freebody, J. Irwin
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789048189328
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • social work
  • social policy
  • domestic violence
  • social change
  • disable people


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