As you may recall, evidence-based practice relies on best available evidence, which is drawn from current research studies. But, just because a research study is published, it doesn’t mean it is without flaw. Social workers must make value determinations every time they interact with research they may apply to practice.
Imagine that you are a practicing social worker and encounter a question, issue, or challenge on which you need to learn more. You search in the social work literature and find a quantitative study on the topic. As you read it, you ask critical questions, closely analyze how the study was framed and conducted, monitor efforts toward validity, and ultimately decide whether to integrate the information in practice.
For this Assignment, you replicate this process of critical evaluation by critiquing a quantitative research study.
Submit a 3-page critique of the peer-reviewed research study you have chosen from those provided by your Instructor.
In your Assignment, be sure to identify and evaluate the following, as described in the template:
Use the Learning Resources to support your critique. Make sure to include appropriate APA citations and a reference list.
Quantitative Research Study Critique
SOCW 6301: Social Work Practice Research I
Month XX, 202X
Quantitative Research Study Critique
Include an introductory paragraph that names the research study you are evaluating and previews the structure and focus of your critique. Provide your overall assessment of the study in a brief statement.
Title and Authors
In this section, evaluate the article title and the authors’ credibility. Do you think the title adequately describe the study and its key elements? Who are the authors and have they conducted and/or published previous research? Are they affiliated with a research institution or university?
Consider the following questions in your critique of the article’s literature review: To what extent does the cited literature help you understand the problem? How does the literature reviewed put the problem in context? Be specific. Do the authors indicate how their research is different from and/or similar to earlier studies? Summarize what this article intends to add to the knowledge base.
Strategy of Research
Address the following questions in your critique of the research strategy: What is the strategy/aim of this quantitative study—is it descriptive, exploratory, or explanatory? Does this strategy align with the research question?
Methodological Approach and Design
Consider the following questions in your critique of the methodological approach and design: How does a quantitative approach (as opposed to a qualitative approach) correspond with the research questions and/or hypotheses? Is the specific research design appropriate? To what extent can the design answer the research questions or address the stated hypotheses?
Threats to Internal Validity
Consider the following questions in your critique of the internal validity: What have the authors done to address threats to internal validity? How does the presence or absence of information about validity affect your confidence in the quality of the study?
Application to Practice
Connect the information from the article to social work practice and provide your recommendations. Based on your critique of this study, is this social work intervention or knowledge safe to integrate into your practice? Why or why not?
(Include full references here for any sources that you have cited within the research study critique. Note that the following references are intended as examples only.)
American Counseling Association. (n.d.). About us. https://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca
Anderson, M. (2018). Getting consistent with consequences. Educational Leadership, 76(1), 26-33.
Bach, D., & Blake, D. J. (2016). Frame or get framed: The critical role of issue framing in nonmarket management. California Management Review, 58(3), 66-87. https://doi.org/10.1525/cmr.2016.58.3.66
Burgess, R. (2019). Rethinking global health: Frameworks of Power. Routledge.
Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225–229. https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-618.104.22.168
Johnson, P. (2003). Art: A new history. HarperCollins. https://doi.org/10.1037.0000136-000
Lindley, L. C., & Slayter, E. M. (2018). Prior trauma exposure and serious illness at end of life: A national study of children in the U.S. foster care system from 2005 to 2015. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 56(3), 309–317. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.06.001
Osman, M. A. (2016, December 15). 5 do’s and don’ts for staying motivated. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/5-dos-and-donts-for-staying-motivated/art-20270835
Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Wiley.
Walden University Library. (n.d.). Anatomy of a research article [Video]. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/instructionalmedia/tutorials#s-lg-box-7955524
Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Writing literature reviews in your graduate coursework [Webinar]. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/webinars/graduate#s-lg-box-18447417
World Health Organization. (2018, March). Questions and answers on immunization and vaccine safety. https://www.who.int/features/qa/84/en/
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