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University of Tasmania
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HWW701 Program Evaluation - The Design

Is anchored in the practice vs policy dilemma of the human service organisation. By focusing on the nature and scope of such organisations, the need for evaluation becomes apparent. The complexity of the agency-worker-client triangle invites detailed discussion of the tension between technical aspects and ethical constraints in the design and conduct of both formative and summative evaluation research.

Special notes
teaching staff Prof WL Grichting and others t.b.a.
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 1 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment class exercises (30%), major essay (40%), exam (30%)
required texts, etc
Stecher BM and Davis WA, How to Focus an Evaluation, Sage, 1987.
Fitz-Gibbon CT and Morris LL, How to Design a Program Evaluation, Sage, 1987.
Herman JL, Morris LL and Fitz-Gibbon CT, Evaluator's Handbook, Sage, 1987.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science
Master of Social Science






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HWW702 Program Evaluation - The Process

Builds on HWW701, presenting various strategies for collecting, analysing and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data. Sampling strategies for both face-to-face and telephone interviewing are addressed. Cross-sectional, experimental and longitudinal research designs are presented. Particular attention is paid to the use of extant agency data. Students are expected to acquire basic familiarity with, and competence in, computerised data processing.

Special notes
teaching staff Prof WL Grichting
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 1 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment class exercises (40%), essay (30%), exam (30%)
required texts, etc
Patton MQ, How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation, Sage, 1987.
Fitz-Gibbon CT and Morris LL, How to Analyse Data, Sage, 1987.
Norusis MN, SPSS/PC+ Studentware, SPSS Inc, 1991.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science
Master of Social Science






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HWW703 Program Evaluation - The Product

Bridges the gap between general program evaluation and specific agency assessment. The unit focuses on the measurement of agency attitudes and performance. Issues of data adequacy and measurement reliability and validity are central to this unit as students are invited to assess some aspect of a particular agency critically and constructively.

Special notes
teaching staff Prof WL Grichting
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 2 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment class exercises (40%), major report (60%)
required texts, etc
Henerson ME, Morris LL and Fitz-Gibbon CT, How to Measure Attitudes, Sage, 1987.
Morris LL, How to Measure Performance and Use Tests, Sage, 1987.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science
Master of Social Science






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HWW704 Program Evaluation - The Outcome

Has two goals: (a) the communication of the research findings to the agency of concern; and (b) a report on the agency's reactions to the research results. Verbal and visual data presentation strategies are examined in the context of social policy as well as agency politics. Whys and ways to assess program implementation and approaches to evaluation routinisation make clear that program evaluation is but the beginning of efficient and effective human-service practice.

Special notes
teaching staff
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 2 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment class exercises (40%), report on agency reaction (60%)
required texts, etc
King JA, Morris LL and Fitz-Gibbon CT, How to Communicate Evaluation Findings, Sage, 1987.
Morris LL, Fitz-Gibbon CT and Freeman ME, How to Assess Program Implementation, Sage, 1987.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science
Master of Social Science






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HWW721 Advanced Casework Practice

Focuses on advanced techniques for addressing problems encountered in casework practice. The unit assumes that students are competent in active listening and problem solving. It includes theory and practice in the following areas: working with emotions; developing life skills; critical incident stress debriefing; overcoming trauma; managing crisis. These areas are addressed in relation to families, individuals, children and adults, taking into account issues such as class, gender and culture. Although the unit includes advocacy, referral, practical support and information giving, the emphasis will be on providing skilled, emotional support.

Special notes
teaching staff Ms C Craft, Mr P Davis and others t.b.a.
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 1 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment major essay (30%), class exercises (30%), case study (40%)
required texts, etc
Gilliland B and James R, Crisis Intervention Strategies, 2nd edn, Brooks/Cole USA, 1993.
Fooks J, Radical Casework, Allen & Unwin Aust, 1993.
Nelson-Jones R, Lifeskills Helping, Holt Rinehart & Winston, Aust, 1992.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science







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HWW722 Assessment

Explores various aspects of the assessment process involved in casework with children, adults and families. A number of approaches are studied including diagnostic tests and descriptive methods. The application of assessment processes to a range of practice contexts is emphasised.

Special notes
teaching staff Ms C Craft, Mr P Davis and others t.b.a.
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 1 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment major essay (30%), class exercises (30%), case study (40%)
required texts, etc
Lukas S, Where to Start and What to Ask, Norton, NY, 1993.
Meyer CH, Assessment in Social Work Practice, Columbia University Press, 1993.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science







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HWW723 A Model of Practice

Introduces students to a framework of social work practice that encompasses assessment, interventions and evaluation. The perspective adopted in this unit emphasises empowerment and client strengths and is based on narrative therapy.

Special notes
teaching staff Ms C Craft, Mr P Davis and others t.b.a.
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 2 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment major essay (30%), class exercises (30%), case study (40%)
required texts, etc
Saleeby D, The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, Longman, 1992.
White M and Epstein D, Literate Means to Therapeutic Ends, Dulwich Centre Publications, 1989.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science







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HWW724 Group Facilitation

Introduces small group theory and practice in the context of teams, case conferences and committees, as well as developing leadership skills in training and client-focused groups. Group dynamics, group processes and group leadership are covered in depth and integrated with the empowerment perspective.

Special notes
teaching staff Ms C Craft, Mr P Davis and others t.b.a.
campus & mode Ltn, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern sem 2 - lectures
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment major essay (30%), class exercises (30%), case study (40%)
required texts, etc
Brown L, Groups for Growth and Change, Longman, 1991.
Mullender A and Ward D, Self-Directed Groupwork, Whiting & Birch, 1991.
recommended reading

Course: Graduate Diploma in Social Science







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© University of Tasmania, 1996.
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