Translational Science and Social Work

Haluk Soydan, Haluk Soydan and Lawrence A. Palinkas

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online February 2013 | | DOI:
Translational Science and Social Work


Translational science is the study of the processes and outcomes of the translation and implementation of evidence-based practices in social work. Translation and implementation are not to be limited to evidence-based practices. Although implementation historically has been attributed to application of a broader range of scientific knowledge to practice, translation is a product of the development of the evidence-based practice movement and increased awareness of the quality of evidence supporting what works and what is potentially harmful in social work. Translational science in social work involves translating practices found to be both efficacious and effective into real-world conditions. Translational science addresses issues of barriers and facilitators of evidence dissemination, translation, and implementation. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States has been an important promoter of translational science. Translational science is also connected to other important concepts. These include diffusion (the passive spread of evidence), dissemination (active and planned efforts to induce defined groups to adopt an evidence-based intervention), and sustainability (when an adopted innovation becomes routine). This entry goes beyond original thoughts in translational science as translation of basic discoveries, to interventions by biomedical sciences. Translational research in social work today also includes effective interventions by professionals.

Article.  5271 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribeRecommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »