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Strength in Numbers: How does data-driven decision making affect firm performance?

This article examines whether performance is higher in firms that emphasize data­-driven decision making. The research shows that firms that use data-driven decision making gain 5-6% higher outputs and productivity compared to what was expected.

Participatory Action Research

Participatory action research (PAR) is driven predominantly by a desire for positive social change. Growing out of social and educational research, it is one of the few research approaches embracing the principles of participation and critical reflection. It closely parallels the purpose of social...

Summary Report of the 3rd Annual Global Social Service Workforce Symposium

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance hosted its 3rd Annual Symposium on June 2nd, 2016. The event was held at the Birdsall House Conference Center in Washington, DC and also via live webcast. Just over 300 participants from 25 countries across NGOs, government, academia, donors and others...

An Evaluation of the Community-Based Care and Support Services for Older Persons in a Specific Community

A comparison of the viewpoints of social workers, social work department officials and receivers of care about their roles and responsibilities within the community and their understanding of the roles of others.  The evaluation found that while most participants understand the system there was a...

Consequence of Adult HIV for Affected Children: Modelling the impact (full report)

The PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council, undertook a three-phase project, including a review of the evidence linking children affected by HIV and AIDS to consequences for their...

Report Highlights: Modeling the impact of HIV on affected children

In order to more accurately identify the long-term consequences of the HIV epidemic for children, the PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council, undertook a three-phase project to create...

Challenges of Assessing Maltreated Children Coming into Foster Care

An ongoing randomized controlled trial in Glasgow, Scotland, recruiting infants entering foster care, provides a unique opportunity to explore some of the issues which need to be considered when assessing these children. The assessment data of 70 infants entering care is described while exploring...

Caregiver Behavior Change for Child Survival in Low- and Middle-income Countries: An examination of the evidence

This article is organized into childhood developmental periods and cross-cutting issues that affect child survival and healthy early development across all these periods. On the basis of this review, the authors present evidence-based recommendations for programs focused on caregivers to increase...

Qualitative Research into the Root Causes of Child Abandonment and Child Relinquishment in Vietnam

This study is a follow up to recommendations of UNICEF and ISS made following a 2009 study on adoption practices and procedures in Vietnam. Information included in this report gives voice to the biological families, which are too often the silent actor in adoption matters, but also sheds light on...

Need and Importance of Medical Social Work Practice in Pakistan with Special Reference to Karachi City

This paper explores how medical social work is designed and implemented in Pakistan, and the field of medical social work is defined as it relates to Pakistani culture.

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