Concluding Remarks and Proposed Research Agenda

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:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Concluding Remarks and Proposed Research Agenda

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This final chapter proposes that issues relevant to social work are discussed in order to conceptualize and develop a comprehensive social-work-oriented research agenda. The advantages and disadvantages of applying a complexity framework are numerous. Among the advantages of adopting such an approach is that complexity framework builds upon Patton's utilization-focused evaluation (2008) by fostering use by the intended users, being active-reactive-interactive-adaptive, and facilitating developmental evaluation that focuses on program outcomes and development. The concluding remarks and proposed research agenda provide the reader with suggestions on the trajectory of complexity and related agent-based models within social work research and evaluation.

Keywords: social innovation; spatial analysis; social innovation; social network analysis

Chapter.  6390 words.  Illustrated.

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