Human Services Research
The field of human services is commonly associated with meeting human needs. Likewise, individuals who pursue further education in human services generally want to improve the present and/or change the future for their clients. For example, Dorothea Dix was an American advocate for the mentally ill. Prior to her research and advocacy, individuals with mental illness were housed in unsanitary, unfurnished, and unheated conditions together with prisoners. As a result of her research she improved their treatment.
Many times an individual’s passion, such as Dorothea Dix’s, drives his or her research. Being passionate about a research topic can help keep your drive, curiosity, and interest throughout this course and other research you may perform as a scholar-practitioner.
To prepare for this Discussion, you should review the “Course Introduction”and “Final Project” guidelines located in Week 1: Final Project. These areas will aid you in selecting an appropriate research topic to use throughout the course and your Final Project. Consider how research on this topic might inform human services practice, program development, program evaluation, advocacy, and/or policy development.
With these thoughts in mind:
The Assignment: Write a brief description of a research topic related to human services that you plan to use in your Final Project. Explain how research on this topic might inform human services practice, program development, program evaluation, advocacy, and/or policy development. Be specific, and provide examples.
Support your Discussion assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.