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A Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work$
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Mark J. Macgowan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183450

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183450.001.0001

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Apply the Evidence and Evaluate the Achievement of Desired Outcomes

Apply the Evidence and Evaluate the Achievement of Desired Outcomes

(p.168) 5 Apply the Evidence and Evaluate the Achievement of Desired Outcomes
A Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work

Mark J. Macgowan

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the fourth and final stage of evidence-based group work (EBGW), applying the evidence into practice and evaluating its effects. Application and evaluation are not separate endeavors but intertwined in a circular and iterative process. Group workers apply the best available evidence into practice, remaining as faithful to the original intervention/technique as possible adapting only where necessary, monitoring its effects using measures and a research design that structures the evaluation process, recording results, and determining how to improve both the evaluation and the practice. Thus, the process does not just end with knowing if the evidence “worked,” but continues with a systematic, critical process of improving practice based on the ongoing results of the application in practice and evaluation. Three case examples illustrate the two main steps of the chapter: application and evaluation to ensure desired results.

Keywords:   application of evidence, adaptation of evidence, research design, practice evaluation, recording results, intervention fidelity, goal-setting, measurement in groups

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