Evaluating Community-Based Clinical Practice

Martha Morrison Dore and Anita Lightburn

in Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159226
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893843 | DOI:
Evaluating Community-Based Clinical Practice

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The evaluation of social programs and clinical practice has become an essential component of collective efforts to solve, ameliorate, or prevent the problems and difficulties that negatively impact communities and erode the lives of the people living in them. Indeed, the evaluation enterprise now wears multiple hats: (1) as facilitator in the development and implementation of new programs and services; (2) as a key source of understanding and direction in the revision of established programs; and (3) as the identifier, interpreter, and disseminator of program results. This chapter presents a constructivist approach to evaluation that honors the principles of community-based clinical practice. This approach is the context for the three broadly defined roles of evaluation just described. A model is presented that is synchronous with these principles. The goal is to enable those involved in implementing community-based clinical practice models to view evaluation as an essential tool in building their programs and practice.

Keywords: community-based practice; clinical practice; evaluation; social work practice; constructivism

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