Evidence base practice

Evidence base practice

Social Work Assessment for Level 5 – SW5003 001 and 002
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Criteria for ‘A’ Grade    A    B    C    D    F    Criteria for ‘F’ Grade
1. Knowledge & Concepts
Addresses or poses the question or issue in a way that generates ideas based upon a thorough understanding of research methods and process and an ability to be analytical. A thorough understanding of the knowledge base and how evidence is used to inform practice.                              Addresses or poses some part of the question or issue in a descriptive manner that shows limited knowledge and limited understanding of research methods and how evidence informs practice.
2. Structure
Produces a coherent assignment and shows a link appropriately to the understanding of EBP and research methods and is concise and specific. Addresses the PCF’s directly and shows a link to the SOP’s.                        The assessment fails to show understanding of EBP and research methods and fails to recognise the key points learnt from the module. No or limited reference to the PCF’s and limited link to the SOP’s.
3. Application to Practice
Demonstrate an understanding of what social work is and the skills required for evidence based practice delivery. Reflects on practice in ways that indicate a direct link to importance of research methods.                          Limited links to evidence based and informed practice delivery, is descriptive and fails to show the importance of research methods.
4. Use of Evidence
Analyses, reformats and evaluates a wide range of information in an informed manner, making reference to the strengths and limitations of research methods and evidence informing practice. Articulates how evidence (including research) is used to inform and develop practice.                              Reproduces information from a few sources demonstrating some misunderstanding. Makes assertions or decisions that are supported by insufficient evidence or reasoning or there is no justification for selection of a course of action.
5. Values
Reflects on how evidence relates to practice in a theoretically and analytically informed manner. A thorough understanding of how evidence and feedback can be used to enhance practice. Demonstrates awareness and application of professionally and ethically sound practice, including recognition of ethical dilemmas or value conflicts.  Demonstrates understanding in applying the PCF’s and SOP’s.                              Describes practice in a way that implies
application of theory and evidence, but
without explicit reference as to how/why.
Limited understanding of how evidence and
feedback is used to enhance practice.
Demonstrates very little awareness or limited
application of ethical, professional and
anti-oppressive. Little or no understanding of
applying the PCF’s and SOP’s.
6. Use of Literature
Evaluates a range of information and resources in an informed manner and demonstrates ability to evaluate research findings to help inform EBP.                         Reproduces information from odd sources
demonstrating considerable misunderstanding
of how EBP  informs research and practice
7.  Language and References
Produces a coherent argument that is logical and analytical. Maintains a high level of language usage and uses technical words competently, is properly referenced, and edited, and is of the specified length. Demonstrates and maintains a high level of skill in the use of ICT. Demonstrates a competent level of written skills. Complies with the Harvard referencing requirements.                        Some good points made within the context of a broadly incoherent assignment that is based upon very basic models. Some significant errors of syntax, editing or referencing such that meaning is sometimes impaired. Word count deviates significantly from that specified. Poor referencing and does not comply with the Harvard referencing
8. Skills
Demonstrates a competent level of research skills and an ability to follow instructions as defined in the learning outcomes and assignment brief.                              Is unable to demonstrate skills in research enquiry and fails to follow instructions as specified by the assignment brief.
A = 70+; B = 60 – 69; C = 50 – 59; D = 40 – 49; F = 30 – 39 with right to resubmit, less than 30 = Fail with no right to resubmit.

Tutors Comments

Assignment 002: 2,500 words written Assignment (+/-10%)  Due 8th December 2014

Using a relevant research article of your choice that specifically relates to the service user group in your practice placement setting under-take the following:-

1. Provide a brief overview of the article which you have chosen
2. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the key research findings in the article
3. Relate how the article has helped to inform your evidenced based social work practice in preparation for one of your observations

Special Instructions

When choosing a research article use one which is manageable and specific to your service user group in preparation for one of your direct observation of practice.

Ensure that you provide the full reference details of the article and attach it in the appendix.

Consider the assignment word count for each of the three elements, so that you have a balance in the word ratios when answering the question.

When analysing the advantages and disadvantages look at the research methods in terms of qualitative or quantitative approaches and whether the research is relevant and has validity.

Suggested Reading

Alston, M. and Bowles, W. (2003) Research for Social Workers, an Introduction to Methods 3rd ed.  London: Routledge

Atherton, C. et.al (2005) Teamwise: Using Research Evidence – A Guide for Teams. Research in Practice

Becker, S. and Bryman, A. (2004) (Eds.) Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods And Approaches. Bristol: Policy Press

Bilson A (2005) Evidence Based Practice in Social Work. Chicago: Whiting and Birch

Corby, B. (2006) Applying Research in Social Work Practice. Berkshire: Open University Press

D’Cruz,H. and Jones,M. (2004) Social Work Research: ethical and political contexts. London: Sage

Denscombe M. (1998) the Good Research Guide for Small-Scale Social Research. Buckingham: Open University Press

Newman T., Moseley A., Tierney S. and Ellis A., (2005) Evidence-Based Social Work A Guide For The Perplexe., Dorset: Russell House Publishing

Parahoo K.,(2006) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues 2nd ed. London: Macmillan

Smith, D. (2004) Social Work and Evidence Based Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley
Walliman, N. (2001) Your Research Project.  London: Sage
Warren, J. (2007) Service User and Carer Participation in Social Work. Exeter: Learning Matters
Webber, M (2008) Evidence Based Practice Policy and Practice in Mental Health. Exeter: Learning Matters

Link to the professional capabilities framework and standards of proficiency


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