Grinnell, Jr, Peter A. Gabor, and Yvonne A. Unrau The first edition of this book appeared on the scene over two decades ago. As with the previous six editions, this one is also geared for graduate-level social work students-as their first introduction to evaluating social service programs.
Gabor has experience as a child and youth care worker and social worker, and has served as executive director of a residential children's centre and youth corrections facility. He has also held positions as a senior manager in the Alberta child welfare system.
Gabor teaches research methods, evaluation, supervision and organizations at both undergraduate and graduate levels in face-to face, blended and on-line formats, and is active as a workshop leader. In partnership with the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs FRP Canadahe served as principal researcher of a multi-year national project to increase evaluation capacity in the family resource program sector in Canada.
A national evaluation system—e-Valuation—now used at hundreds of program sites across Canada, was created as a part of this project. In his consulting practice, Gabor has conducted evaluations and has developed evaluation systems for a variety of local, provincial and national organizations.
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While there are many variables that contribute to outcomes, it is the student’s quality and nature of performance activity, timeliness and practice behaviors.
Providing those answers is the work of persons in the program evaluation field. valuators use social research methods to study, appraise, and help improve social programs, including the soundness of the programs’ diagnoses of the social problems.
CSWE Program Evaluation All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education.
Program evaluation - the type of evaluation discussed in this section - is an essential organizational practice for all types of community health and development work. It is a way to evaluate the specific projects and activities community groups may take part in, rather than to evaluate an entire organization or comprehensive community initiative.
familiar with the program competencies. The evaluation measures where the student is relative to the student’s growth and development in relation to the competencies. make thorough notes and comments from a strengths perspective that reflected Clinical Social Work.
Student. Evaluation is a methodological area that is closely related to, but distinguishable from more traditional social research.
Evaluation utilizes many of the same methodologies used in traditional social research, but because evaluation takes place within a political and organizational context, it requires group skills, management ability, political dexterity, sensitivity to multiple stakeholders.