The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research is the first international handbook to focus on practice research for social work. Bringing together leading scholars in the field from Europe, the USA and the Asia Pacific region, it provides an up-to-the minute overview of the latest thinking in practice research whilst also providing practical advice on how to undertake practice research in the field. 

It is divided into five sections:

  • State of the art
  • Methodologies
  • Pedagogies
  • Applications
  • Expanding the frontiers

The range of topics discussed will enhance student development as well as increase the capacity of practitioners to conduct research; develop coordinating and leadership roles; and liaise with multiple stakeholders who will strengthen the context base for practice research. 

As such, this handbook will be essential reading for all social work students, practitioners and academics as well as those working in other health and social care settings.

chapter 1|12 pages


part Section 1|78 pages

State of the art

chapter 7|13 pages

Philanthropic collaboration in practice research

The Mrs Lee Choon Guan Endowed Research Fund model, Singapore

part Section 2|138 pages


chapter 8|12 pages

Clinical data mining

A practice research methodology of choice for health social workers

part Section 3|58 pages


chapter 20|12 pages

Teaching practice research through fieldwork placements

Critical factors for successful trialogical learning processes

chapter 21|12 pages

Teaching practice research

A curriculum guide for postgraduate social work training

chapter 22|9 pages

Academic practitioner collaboration

A state-wide social work innovation from Victoria, Australia

part Section 4|154 pages


chapter 24|11 pages

From practice wisdom to research knowledge

The case of the development of the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit intervention model

chapter 25|14 pages

Using existing data to explore practice issues and improve service responses

Application of clinical data mining methodology in a healthcare context

chapter 26|12 pages

Post-hospital caregiving experiences

An exploratory, longitudinal mixed-methods study

chapter 29|15 pages

Co-producing practice research

The Connecting People Implementation Study

chapter 33|12 pages

Practice-led research

Developing communities of practice to drive research and practice change in the domestic and family violence arena

part Section 4|56 pages

Expanding the frontiers

chapter 35|12 pages

Beyond knowledge transfer in practice research in social work

Making sense of relations and alliances

chapter 36|12 pages

Results to practice

Navigating complexities to create meaningful impact

chapter 37|14 pages

Staying close to practice

Knowledge translation in practice research