This is the third part in a series of blog posts about the intersection between evaluation and social work. — A lot of people have been talking about systems thinking in evaluation for a while now. But there still seems to be a disconnect between understanding systems thinking principles and incorporating systems thinking into your… Read More Using Systems Thinking in Your Evaluations
This is the second part in a series of blog posts about the intersection between evaluation and social work. You can read the first post about the inherent similarities between the fields of evaluation and social work here. This post is about how social work ethics enhance the practice of evaluation. Much of this material… Read More Are your ethics guiding your practice?
When you think of a social worker, what do you typically think of? The stereotypical image is often a state worker who takes people’s children away. Or the suffering non-profit worker who is drowning under a massive caseload and limited funding. Both of these can be true. But social work is so much more. As… Read More Evaluation and Social Work: Are they really the same thing?
Whenever I tell people that I am an evaluator, I typically get one of three reactions: A blank stare (because they have no idea what I’m talking about) Excitement (because it’s someone who also loves evaluation and we have found each other) Confusion (because they have a misconception about what evaluation is) A lot of… Read More Mythbusters: Evaluation Edition
My friends like to joke that I am the perfect combination of my parents. My dad is a math professor and my mom is a therapist. Me? I’m a social worker that does evaluation. During most of my time in grad school, I was convinced that I was going to go into the field of… Read More Why do I evaluate?