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Bridging the research-practice gap: Concept mapping as a mixed methods strategy in practice-based research and evaluation

Petrucci, C.J., Quinlan, Kathleen M. (2007) Bridging the research-practice gap: Concept mapping as a mixed methods strategy in practice-based research and evaluation. Journal of Social Service Research, 34 (2). pp. 25-42. ISSN 0148-8376. E-ISSN 1540-7314. (doi:10.1300/J079v34n02_03) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:60294)

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The purpose of this article is to familiarize social work researchers and practitioners with Concept Mapping (Trochim, 1989), a mixed-methods strategy that can be useful in practice- based research. Using two case examples, the steps involved in concept mapping are illustrated. Practice strengths of concept mapping are discussed, including that it is participatory, accessible, permits immediate application of findings, and enhances service effectiveness. Research strengths include that it is a structured mixed-methods approach, the process is flexible, it accommodates cross-cultural applications, and is time- and cost-effective. Ways that concept mapping can be used to advance practice-based research are discussed, including instrument development, needs/resource assessment, theory development, evaluating activities and outcomes, strategic planning and action planning.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1300/J079v34n02_03
Uncontrolled keywords: Concept mapping, evaluation research, mixed methods, practice-based research, social security benefits specialists, therapeutic jurisprudence
Subjects: L Education
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Kathleen Quinlan
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 16:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:24 UTC
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