Practitioner research capacity: a survey of social workers in northern Queensland

Harvey, Desley, Plummer, David, Pighills, Alison, and Pain, Tilley (2013) Practitioner research capacity: a survey of social workers in northern Queensland. Australian Social Work, 66 (4). pp. 540-554.

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Abstract

Strategies to build practitioner research capacity need to be developed in order to increase the research base for social work. To be effective, strategies need to be informed by an understanding of the organisational context and the social work workforce. This paper reports the results of a cross-sectional survey of social workers conducted as part of a larger study of health practitioners in a public sector health organisation in northern Queensland. The survey demonstrates a high level of interest in research. Research methods congruent with social work's person in environment focus were favoured by participants. However, consistent with the literature, lack of confidence, limited knowledge and skills, and practical constraints impeded research activity. This study contributes to research capacity building initiatives by identifying research strengths and areas of research activity where support is required. Approaches to evidence-based practice consistent with social work and strategies for research capacity building are discussed.

Item ID: 32362
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0312-407X
Keywords: evidence-based practice, health services research, research capacity building, practitioner research
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 02:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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