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Monday, 31 March 2008

Latest Books to arrive in the library

The Evidence Guides
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The Evidence Guides

Helps social care professionals find, judge and apply research evidence in practice.
This easy to use modular resource is perfect for anyone - from commisioning managers to social work students - wanting to know how to make better use of research evidence in practice and service development.
The modules work as a complete course or stand alone, making this a flexible, manageable way to get to grips with research.

Module 1 - Using Research Evidence in Practice: An Introduction
what 'research evidence' is and why we need to use it
identify factors that affect practitioner decision making and the role of research
all evidence is not equal - challenging claims to authority
appraising obstacles/enablers to using research
making sense of research jargon
Module 2 - Locating Research Evidence in Five Steps
how to formulate a search question and strategy on a specific practice issue
identifying key search terms
how to broaden or narrow your search
using online gateways and databases to find research
how to get full copies of research papers

Module 3 - Appraising and Reviewing Research Evidence
the importance of critical appraisal - tried and tested critical thinking tools provided
understanding quantitative and qualitative research methods
the different types of questions that quantitative and qualitative methods can answer
a gentle guide to understanding statistics

Module 4 - Adapting and Applying Evidence: issues for individual practitioners and organisations practical paths to becoming an evidence-based organisation
identifying obstacles and enablers to acting on evidence
increasing access to evidence for practitioners, team managers and project leaders
presenting evidence to achieve change and developing dissemination plans
developing a strategy for evidence based practice
Module 5 - Outcome-Focused Evaluation
the evaluation cycle – six easy steps
outcome or output? Knowing the difference and measuring them
selecting indicators and identifying sources of evidence
what and when? Planning your evaluation
how? Methods and tools for collecting and recording data
analysing and presenting evaluation data
reflecting on practice, learning from and sharing findings

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