How do social service workers learn about research methods in this region? And why is it important?

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Sendrine Constant
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How do social service workers learn about research methods in this region? And why is it important?

As part of the literature review, we have chosen to understand how our social workers are trained in research methods (e.g., baseline studies, program evaluation); by whom is this training done (academic programs, UN agencies, NGOs) and the degree to which existing or ongoing research is being incorporated as part of existing training modules and curricula.

Why do you think this is an important and relevant topic for our baseline research? Question is open, looking forward to your ideas and suggestions.

Sendrine Constant
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In the 'Social Service Workforce Training in the West and Centra

In the 'Social Service Workforce Training in the West and Central Africa Region' - conducted by Mark Canavera, Bree Akesson, Debbie Landis and accessible at http://www.cpcnetwork.org/resource/social-service-workforce-training-in-...

They refer to the importance of research as follows: (p16)

'Evidence-based practice and decision-making represent important components of the social work profession. By integrating research findings into practice, social workers can better understand particular populations or social issues and draw connections with the larger context within which such issues exist. Through conducting research, social workers can assess the needs and resources of people in their environments, evaluate the effectiveness of services and programs, determine the costs and benefits of particular interventions, and understand the impact of social policy on the populations that they serve. For this analysis, the research team looked at research as two different aspects which impact social work training: (1) evidence that is integrated into the curriculum, for example prevalence rates of child abuse in a particular context, and (2) research methods and skills taught to those being trained, including aspects of study design, data analysis, as well as principles of monitoring and evaluation. 

 

Do you have examples of how evidence informs the curricula in our region? can you share practical examples of how strong evidence has influenced the development of specific policy or practice in one region, on child protection? 

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