Respond to at least two colleagues by doing the following:
· Note similarities and differences between how you plan to apply what you have learned and how they plan to apply their knowledge in their field experiences and careers.
· Identify an additional way that your colleagues might find what they have learned useful.
Within the social work research, the following evaluation strategies can be defined: scientific-experimental, management-oriented, qualitative-anthropological and client-oriented (Osis, 2016). The scientific-experimental approach is aimed primarily at the development of the social work science and the client-oriented approach features more applied nature and is used to implement changes in the society. The management-oriented methodology helps to evaluate the effectiveness and performance of social institutions and the qualitative-anthropological connects the historical and modern observations of changes within the society.
Given the nowadays tendencies, the new field for social research emerged. These are social networks, where users leave personal information, interact with each other and comment on different political, economic or cultural events. According to the Code of Ethics for social workers, when evaluating or conducting research with the use of any technologies they should receive informed consent of the participants and ensure their confidentiality. It is essential to secure safety and prevent any harm or damage to participants` physical and mental health (NASW Code of Ethics, 2017). Another change of research environment pertains to multicultural and multiethnic societies. In these terms, the key principle for social workers should be social justice, as it encompasses social welfare for everyone (Chukwu, 2015). They should pay more attention to cultural and ethnic differences and include these insights to their researches and evaluations. “Social workers can also use research for policy reform efforts by critically examining legal and public discourse and the extent to which they comply with human rights principles” (Maschi, Youdin, Sutfin & Simpson, 2012). Currently, social workers act as the main promoters and champions of human rights and social justice.
In order to be able to provide highly qualified research or evaluation, the skills should feature transferability. It means that social practitioners should able to explain how their activity is informed by their knowledge base and being able to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations through appraising what is general and what is particular in each situation (Trevithick, 2000). The theory and practice should be effectively combined. Moreover, the special approach to the terminology should be used. It means changing terms of patient, case or subject to a client, person or consumer. Similarly, it is better to use an assessment or evaluation than diagnosis, study or examination (Cournoyer, 2017). The appropriate theoretical frames lay down the basis for effective practice.