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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice$
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Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.001.0001

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Evaluating Community-Based Clinical Practice

Evaluating Community-Based Clinical Practice

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(p.153) 12 Evaluating Community-Based Clinical Practice
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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice
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Martha Morrison Dore

Anita Lightburn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.003.0012

The evaluation of social programs and clinical practice has become an essential component of collective efforts to solve, ameliorate, or prevent the problems and difficulties that negatively impact communities and erode the lives of the people living in them. Indeed, the evaluation enterprise now wears multiple hats: (1) as facilitator in the development and implementation of new programs and services; (2) as a key source of understanding and direction in the revision of established programs; and (3) as the identifier, interpreter, and disseminator of program results. This chapter presents a constructivist approach to evaluation that honors the principles of community-based clinical practice. This approach is the context for the three broadly defined roles of evaluation just described. A model is presented that is synchronous with these principles. The goal is to enable those involved in implementing community-based clinical practice models to view evaluation as an essential tool in building their programs and practice.

Keywords:   community-based practice, clinical practice, evaluation, social work practice, constructivism

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