SOCW 6311 wk 10 peer responses 

Respond to at least two colleagues’  from the perspective of an interested stakeholder for the program by doing the following:

  • Provide      a brief description of the role that you are taking.
  • Provide      an evaluation of the group research design that they have chosen, and      criteria that your colleagues have generated (choice of outcome and method      of evaluation) from the perspective of the stakeholder whom you have      chosen.
  • Provide      support based on your evaluation
  • Ask      questions about the plan for research design and the questions that the      evaluation plan will address from your chosen perspective.

Name first and references after every person

Instructor wants lay out like this:

Respond to at least two colleagues ( 2 peers posts are provided) by doing all of the following:

Identify strengths of your colleagues’ analyses and areas in which the analyses could be improved.

Your response

Address his or her evaluation of the efficacy and applicability of the evidence-based practice,

Your response

[Evaluate] his or her identification of factors that could support or hinder the implementation of the evidence-based practice,

Your response

And [evaluate] his or her solution for mitigating those factors.

Your response

Offer additional insight to your colleagues by either identifying additional factors that may support or limit implementation of the evidence-based practice or an alternative solution for mitigating one of the limitations that your colleagues identified.

Your response

References

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Peer 1: shelly Barr 

RE: Discussion – Week 10

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post your explanation of which group research design and data collection method from those outlined in the Resources you selected as appropriate for the “Social Work Research: Planning a Program Evaluation” case study and why.

For this assignment, I have chosen the Time-Series Design. I chose this design as it is still a quasi-experimental design but also has several pre-test and post-test outcome measures. It involves obtaining several client outcome measures before the introduction of intervention and several additional measures after the intervention has been implemented (Dudley, 2014).  One benefit of this design is the data trends can help determine the extent to which the intervention, as opposed to external outside factors is the “causal agent” (Dudley, 2014).

Then, generate criteria to be measured using the research design by identifying a specific outcome and a method for measuring that outcome. Specify who will collect the data and how the data will be collected.

By using a single system design (SSD) as an evaluation tool to measure whether there is a causal relationship between the practitioner’s intervention and a client’s outcome then adjustments to treatment delivery can be made intermittently prior to termination of services. SSD can be used for either an individual, a family, or a group and uses a graph as a tool to visualize client progress (Dudley, 2014). Having this graph available for the client may be a motivating element in practice.  

A goal attainment scale as an evaluation tool for the time series design would be helpful in evaluating the extent to which the worker’s interventions affect client’s goals or outcomes in the way it was intended (Dudley, 2014). By using a 5-point Likert scale to measure with is a non-complicated way to track client progress when using the SSD I have chosen. The researcher in the case study also mentioned using a Likert scale in their study and the use of questionnaires, surveys, and checklists (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014b). Data would be collected from designated evaluation team members and would be done via surveys that monitor client satisfaction and effectiveness. These surveys are optimal when you need to quickly and/or easily get lots of information from people in a non-threatening way (McNamara, 2006a).

References

Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

McNamara, C. (2006a). Contents of an evaluation plan. In Basic guide to program evaluation (including outcomes evaluation). Retrieved from http://managementhelp.org/evaluation/program-evaluation-guide.htm#anchor1586742

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014b). Social work case studies: Concentration year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

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Peer 2: Tiffany Winford 

RE: Discussion – Week 10

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Post your explanation of which group research design and data collection method from those outlined in the Resources you selected as appropriate for the “Social Work Research: Planning a Program Evaluation” case study and why.

The group research design that was selected for this project would be an exploratory design. The reason being is that this type of design is meant for when there is little to no known information about the research subject (Sacred Hearth University, 2020). The case study stated that the social worker had not found any research on the foster care training program to date (Plummer et al., 2014b). Performing this type of research design would also help to gain familiarity with the basic details of the program and develop new research questions that could be used to study this program as time goes one (Sacred Hearth University, 2020). An appropriate data collection method for this case study would be questionnaires and interviews of the participants. The questionnaires will provide a lot of feedback, be anonymous, and are cheap and quick to administer (McNamara, 2006a). Interviews can gather more information about a participant’s experience and gain a deeper understanding from the questionnaire’s answers (McNamara, 2006a). While the interviews may take longer to complete, it would be important to perform them since this program has not been studied before. The amount of information gathered could support causality between the program and any change that occurred.       

Then, generate criteria to be measured using the research design by identifying a specific outcome and a method for measuring that outcome. Specify who will collect the data and how the data will be collected.

One specific outcome that will be measured from this study will be that the number of foster placement disruptions will be reduced. This type of outcome would include a numeric count (Dudley, 2014) of how many kids were taken out of the foster parent home for reasons other than finding permanent adoption or reunification with their parents. The method for measuring this information would be collecting this data from the interviews that occurred after the program. These interviews could occur 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after program completion. This information could be collected by the person conducting the research program or the staff who taught the training. This information could also be compared against any previous data that had been collected using the previous training program and any placement disruptions. From this information one can compare if the number of disruptions had been reduced compared to the previous training that was being used.       

References

Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do (2nd ed.). Lyceum Books.

McNamara, C. (2006a). Overview of methods to collect information. In Basic guide to program evaluation (including outcomes evaluation). https://managementhelp.org/evaluation/program-evaluation-guide.htm#anchor1586742

Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014b). Social work case studies: Concentration year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

Sacred Heart University. (2020). Organizing academic research papers: Types of research designs. https://library.sacredheart.edu/c.php?g=29803&p=185902

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    work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (pp. 167–207 (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL:

 
 

    Lyceum Books. https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780190685331/pageid/189 

 
 

 
 

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014b). Social work case studies:

 
 

Concentration year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities

 
 

Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].