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SWK 4510H – Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice - Required

SWK 4510H is a prerequisite for all second year required courses – students in the Two-Year MSW Program take this course in the first year of the Two-Year Program. Students in the One-Year MSW Program with Advanced Standing take this course in the first term of their program.


Our policy is that after the first week of classes the first year sections are set. We do not allow switches unless there are major extenuating circumstances.


Rubin, Allen & Bellamy, Jennifer (2012). Practitioner’s Guide to Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice.  New Jersey: Wiley.

Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (EBSWP) is a systematic approach to making decisions that emphasizes (1) formulating answerable questions, (2) locating, critically appraising, and interpreting the relevant research evidence, (3) applying best available evidence in consultation with clients, and (4) evaluating the intervention. Using a problem-based learning model, students evaluate and interpret the best available evidence relating to several social work policy and practice questions. Supported by a series of research methods tutorials, students develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods appropriate for answering policy and practice questions. In appraising the evidence and crafting solutions to questions, students will examine the data from a scientific viewpoint and will also consider the extent to which the research findings can be applied to diverse populations. It is also important to note that the evidence-based practice framework that is used within the course considers cultural sensitivity and attunement.