This course will introduce students to research paradigms, methodologies, methods and strategies appropriate to inquiry in Social Work contexts. Students will learn techniques, such as designing a research project, preparing an ethics application, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of research findings. They will learn skills that enable them to review and evaluate the quality of research publications in the discipline of Social Work and related fields. The value of using research for a variety of Social Work purposes; including enhancing the wellbeing of clients and communities, improving organisational outcomes, validating the lived experience of practitioners and clients, informing funding applications, strengthening and developing professional practice through knowledge building, will be critically explored. Debates relating to the value of different types of evidence and the implications of the evidence-based paradigm for Social Work contexts will be critically explored.