The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.



Jacqueline Corcoran Julia H. Littell

Meta-analysis is a set of statistical methods for combining quantitative results from multiple studies to produce an overall summary of empirical knowledge on a given topic. It is used to analyze central trends and variations in results, across studies, and to correct for error and bias in a body of research. Results of original studies are converted to common metrics, called effect sizes, which are then combined across studies. Meta-analysis can be used to synthesize information on many topics that are important for social work practice and social policy, including evidence of the effects of interventions. Meta-analysis provides an efficient way to summarize results of a large number of studies and can ...

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