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Using Evidence to Inform Practice for Community and Organizational Change

Edited by Maria Roberts-DeGennaro and Sondra J. Fogel

Publication Date - July 2010

ISBN: 9780190616038

240 pages
6 x 9 inches


Macro-social work practitioners must combine research from different fields with professional judgment to develop an evidence-informed approach to positive community and agency change. Research is becoming more sophisticated and central in agency and community-based social work. Using Evidence to Inform Practice for Community and Organizational Change stands as an excellent resource for practitioners and students alike. The contributors present each stage of the evidence-informed practice model in a straight-forward manner, using guided criticism of previous research to direct readers towards effective research and implementation techniques.


  • Application of evidence-informed practices to macro-social work settings
  • Key research questions to stimulate thinking and reinforce an emphasis on rigorous research practices
  • Case examples highlight the role of evidence-informed strategies in organizational settings

About the Author(s)

Maria Roberts-DeGennaro, (PhD., University of Texas at Austin) is professor emerita of social work at San Diego State University, where she taught macro-practice related courses for 30 years. Her practice experience includes working as a case manager, program director, community development specialist, and director of an interdisciplinary center. From 1989 to 1992, Roberts-DeGennaro served as Chair/President of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA).

Sondra J. Fogel, (PhD., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign) is associate professor of social work at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include interventions in poverty and homelessness, community-building strategies in low-income areas, housing policy, as well as mitigation evidence and its influence in capital punishment decisions. She will be chair of the Association of Community and Social Administration beginning in the Fall of 2010.

Table of Contents

    About the Editors
    Foreword, Lorraine Gutierrez
    Introduction , Sondra J. Fogel and Maria Roberts-DeGennaro
    Section One: Application of Principles for Evidence-Based Practice in Organizations and Communities
    1. Planned Change Efforts in Organizations and Communities: Evidence-Informed Practice, Maria Roberts-DeGennaro
    2. Empirically Supported Management Behavior: Review of the Research Literature on Consumer Outcomes, John Poertner
    3. What's Ethics Got to Do with It? Using Evidence to Inform Management Practice, Cheryl A. Hyde
    4. Importance of Social Workers in Hospital Emergency Departments: An Evidence-Based Perspective, Charles Auerbach and Susan E. Mason
    5. Long-Term-Care Ombudsman Program: Challenges of Accessing and Comparing Secondary Databases, F. Ellen Netting, Kevin Borders, H. Wayne Nelson, and Ruth Huber
    6. Housing-First Services for Homeless Adults with Co-occurring Disorders: An Evidence-Based Practice, Deborah K. Padgett, Victoria Stanhope, and Benjamin F. Henwood
    7. Collaborations among Diverse Organizations: Building Evidence to Support Community Partnerships, Sondra J. Fogel and Kathleen A. Moore
    Section Two: Translation of Evidence into Community and Organizational Practice
    8. Translational Research Model for Behavioral Interventions: Methodology of Dissemination and Implementation Research, Aimee N. C. Campbell
    9. Bringing the Village Together to Prevent High School Dropout: Using the Process of Evidence-Based Practice, Michael S. Kelly and Cynthia Franklin
    10. Using Evidence from Youths to Guide Improvements in the Mental Health System, Jean M. Kruzich and Pauline Jivanjee
    11. Using Training to Change the Learning Environment in Public Child Welfare Organizations, Michiel A. van Zyl, Becky F. Antle, and Anita P. Barbee
    12. Participation in Congregation-Based Organizing: A Mixed-Method Study of Civic Engagement, Paul W. Speer, N. Andrew Peterson, Allison Zippay, and Brian Christens
    13. Implementation of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care in California: A Randomized Control Trial of an Evidence-Based Practice, Patricia Chamberlain, Lisa Saladana, C. Hendricks Brown, and Leslie D. Leve
    Conclusion, Sondra J. Fogel and Maria Roberts-DeGennaro

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