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.
The purpose of this chapter is to introduce and discuss two principles that, if followed, should increase an investigator's chances of successfully developing and implementing a funded research project in an international setting. The two guiding principles presented in this chapter emerge from the more than 30 years of cumulative experience the authors have conducting collaborative research in various countries, as well as from extensive experience serving as reviewers and consultants to organizations that fund international projects such as the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Organization of American States. The two principles are as follows: “Projects should build upon the most current scientific knowledge” and ...