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Social Work Evaluation

Enhancing What We Do

Third Edition

James R. Dudley

Publication Date - March 2020

ISBN: 9780190916657

368 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Social Work Evaluation, Third Edition, offers a straightforward guide in a broad range of social work evaluations at both the program and practice levels.


Social workers are increasingly faced with the demands of evaluating their own programs and practice to maintain accountability to funding agencies, secure funding, and remedy a number of social problems facing our society. One of the nine basic competencies required by the social work accreditation agency is to be able to conduct evaluations. Evaluation is a critical area of practice for demonstrating accountability to clients, communities, numerous other stakeholders, and funding and regulatory agencies.

Social Work Evaluation, Third Edition, offers a straightforward guide to a broad range of social work evaluations at both the program and practice levels. Author James R. Dudley's seven-step approach to evaluation makes use of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods to provide oversight and address important issues at the planning, implementation, and outcome stages of a program or practice intervention. His unique focus on involving clients in the evaluation process ensures that social workers consistently improve their capacity to impact their clients' well-being and remain accountable to them and others they serve. Case examples from the extensive evaluation experience of the author and others illustrate a wide range of logic-based methods discussed throughout the text for real-world application. This comprehensive text effectively aims to enhance student and practitioner skill sets to meet these demands of a changing field.

New to this Edition

  • Practice evaluation content has been enhanced with tools for a more active evaluation role by practitioners
  • Added emphasis on how to involve and empower clients in all steps of the evaluation process
  • CSWE-mandated accreditation standards of social work are updated and highlighted in a core competency fulfillment guide at the beginning of the text
  • Content on the six core social work values of the NASW Code of Ethics are also added to the new edition and elaborated on in the ethics chapter to highlight how they provide the foundation for the ethics used in evaluations


  • Inclusion of content on practice evaluations alongside program evaluations
  • Discusses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods of evaluation
  • Case examples, discussion questions, exercises, charts, and graphs designed to appeal to students with a range of learning styles
  • Instructor's manual with sample syllabi, assignments, PowerPoints, a CSWE core competency fulfillment guide, and test banks

About the Author(s)

James R. Dudley, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Table of Contents


    Part I: Introduction
    1 Evaluation and Social Work: Making the Connection

    Part II: Orientation to the Bigger Picture of Evaluations
    2 The Influence of History and Varying Theoretical Views
    3 The Role of Ethics in Evaluations
    4 Common Types of Evaluations
    5 Focusing an Evaluation

    Part III: The Planning or Input Stage
    6 Needs Assessments
    7 Crafting Goals and Objectives

    Part IV: The Implementation Stage
    8 Improving How Programs and Practice Work

    Part V: The Outcome Stage
    9 Is the Intervention Effective?

    Part VI: Final Steps in Completing an Evaluation
    10 Analyzing Evaluation Data
    11 Preparing and Disseminating a Report of Findings

    Part VII: Consuming Evaluation Reports
    12 Becoming Critical Consumers of Evaluations


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