Lawrence A. Palinkas

in Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398489
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928583 | DOI:

Series: Building Social Work Research Capacity


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This chapter explains the need for a book on translational research methods and the importance of such research for bridging the gap between social work research and practice. It examines some of the reasons why too little research has been translated and implemented as social work practice, and explains how translational and implementation research in social work can support the profession and its core mission. Translational research is defined as the study of the process of research translation. Translational research ranges from studies of the effectiveness of an intervention or evidence-based practice in a real-world setting in achieving a specific set of outcomes to the dissemination of information and intervention materials to a specific social work, public health, or clinical practice audience, as well as the assessment and facilitation of its adoption, use, and sustainability in such settings. The chapter concludes with a summary of each of the remaining chapters.

Keywords: research; social work practice; translational research; research translation; implementation research; dissemination research; effectiveness research

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