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.

Locating Assessment Instruments

Locating Assessment Instruments

Kevin Corcoran Nikki Hozack

This chapter addresses how to locate instruments for social work research and practice. This task may not seem too challenging, but it is. Locating instruments includes being familiar with a number of sources of measurement instruments and knowing what it is one wants to measure or observe in the first place.

To locate an instrument, the researcher must know what he or she intends to measure. This includes a well-defined construct or conceptual domain of study. The measurement tool is the operationalization of the variable, and it is impossible to locate an appropriate measurement unless the researcher is certain what is to be measured. Knowing what to observe includes precise definitions of ...

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