Research on Process and Outcomes

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

Research on Process and Outcomes

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This chapter reviews the latest methods in research on the process and outcomes of research translation in social work practice. First, we examine some of the principles and practices of translational research. A case study of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of an EBP implementation strategy in child welfare offers an illustration of how to conduct research on process and outcomes. We then examine some of the challenges involved in conducting translational research, including the identification of specific concepts and measurement procedures for each form of translation, consideration of the dynamic nature of the EBP/translation process, constraints imposed on sample size by the organizational context of translation, engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the conduct of research, and the limitations inherent in randomized controlled trial designs. We conclude with a discussion of infrastructure requirements for conducting translational research, with particular attention to staffing, research–community partnerships, and participant compensation.

Keywords: randomized controlled trials; observational studies; translation process; translation outcomes; measurement; research translation; participant compensation; research infrastructure

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