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Defining Empirically Based Practice
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  • Deborah H. Siegel, Rhode Island College
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School of Social Work
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The article deals with a study, which described the integration of research and practice into the graduate social program of the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. The need to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical practice is an increasingly frequent theme as agencies scramble for limited funds. Reaganomics has helped bury the once-fashionable belief that social ills can be cured by tax dollars. More than ever, social workers are required to justify the services they deliver. In addition to the economic reasons for the profession's need to integrate research and practice, social workers also have an ethical obligation to develop empirical foundations for their interventions. Practitioners have little right to intervene in clients' lives on the basis of mere faith that good is being done--they have a moral obligation to monitor and to test empirically the effects of their interventions. Too often, the good intentions of the social worker do not end in positive results for the client..

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Deborah H. Siegel. "Defining Empirically Based Practice" (1984)
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