Using instruments in evaluation

Social work is an evidence based profession. We use evidence to guide our practice. Evidence can be research but it also can be practice wisdom gained from experience.

Evaluating your practice can include several different methods of gathering information. In Chapter 14 there is a lot of information about evaluation! I recommend reading pages 440-446 as they highlight what I hope you will learn from this chapter: types of measures (self-report, observational and products of group interaction).

Of course I encourage you to read the Case Example on pages 445-446 as it provides a practical application to the concept of evaluation.

You will read about several reliable and valid (in the scientific sense) self-report measures on pages 442-443.
Identifying and finding an assessment tool is a practice skill. This discussion is designed to give you experience in finding and reading a published assessment tool that you could use to evaluate your group work

1. Pick one of the published measures that is described on pages 442-443 and find the article that fully describes this measure. You may use a published measure, that is not included in Chapter 14, if you choose. Identify which published assessment tool you picked and where you found the article describing this tool. I suggest using Google Scholar and/or the Miller Library data base for your search. Please DO NOT buy an article for this exercise! Cite the article correctly using APA format. You may provide the web address, but for full points you need to use correct APA citation

2. Read the article and identify one characteristic about the people this measure was applied to (for example, was it designed to measure adolescent boys ages 13-18). Summarize the heart of the measure in a paragraph

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