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Social Work Applications of Complexity

Michael Wolf-Branigin

in Using Complexity Theory for Research and Program Evaluation

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199829460
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829460.003.0005

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Social Work Applications of Complexity

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Complexity serves as a means to undergird a variety of social work inquiry. Reinforcing this concept is paramount to adopting this organizing framework. This chapter presents a broad range of environments and types of analyses conducted using complexity theory as the foundational framework. Most of these methods are familiar to readers, and suggest ways of conducting complexity-based inquiry on current skills. Because this chapter serves primarily to describe applications of complexity to social work inquiry, the essential learning objectives include a review of how social work program evaluations can be framed as complex systems, an understanding of the broad scope of potential social work research and program evaluation applications, and an understanding of related complexity theory concepts for program evaluations.

Keywords: historical analysis; quality improvement; collaborative learning; community need; housing patterns

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