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dc.contributor.authorTilbury, Clareen
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Marken
dc.contributor.authorBigby, Christineen
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Mikeen
dc.contributor.authorVogel, Laurenen
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-16T10:21:59Z
dc.date.available2017-03-16T10:21:59Z
dc.date.issued2017-02-15
dc.identifier.citationTilbury C, Hughes M, Bigby C, Fisher M, Vogel L (2017) 'A comparative study of Australian social work research', British Journal of Social Work 47 (8) 2217-2237en
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcw135
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622055
dc.description.abstractThe quality and quantity of social work research is not simply a matter of academic inquiry, it has real-world implications for practitioners, policy makers, and the community. Internationally, research assessment exercises being undertaken in university sectors are shaping notions of research productivity, quality, and impact. This paper advances empirical understandings of the nature of social work research in Australia, through an interdisciplinary and cross-national comparative analysis of performance data reported in the research assessment exercises Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 and 2015, and the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014. It found that compared to other social science disciplines, social work in Australia is a mid-level performer in terms of quantity and above-average in terms of quality, but when compared to social work and social policy research in the UK, quality is rated less highly. It argues for more transparent criteria to assess quality within peer-review research assessments and careful consideration of ways to document and evaluate research impact that are relevant to the discipline, capable of capturing the many and varied ways that research can influence policy and practice over time.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/47/8/2217/2997525en
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.subjectresearchen
dc.subjectresearch assessmenten
dc.subjectresearch impacten
dc.subjectknowledge utilisationen
dc.subjectsocial work researchen
dc.subjectAustraliaen
dc.titleA comparative study of Australian social work researchen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken
dc.date.updated2017-03-16T10:18:37Z
html.description.abstractThe quality and quantity of social work research is not simply a matter of academic inquiry, it has real-world implications for practitioners, policy makers, and the community. Internationally, research assessment exercises being undertaken in university sectors are shaping notions of research productivity, quality, and impact. This paper advances empirical understandings of the nature of social work research in Australia, through an interdisciplinary and cross-national comparative analysis of performance data reported in the research assessment exercises Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 and 2015, and the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014. It found that compared to other social science disciplines, social work in Australia is a mid-level performer in terms of quantity and above-average in terms of quality, but when compared to social work and social policy research in the UK, quality is rated less highly. It argues for more transparent criteria to assess quality within peer-review research assessments and careful consideration of ways to document and evaluate research impact that are relevant to the discipline, capable of capturing the many and varied ways that research can influence policy and practice over time.


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