The Resource Using complexity theory for research and program evaluation, Michael Wolf-Branigin

Using complexity theory for research and program evaluation, Michael Wolf-Branigin

Label
Using complexity theory for research and program evaluation
Title
Using complexity theory for research and program evaluation
Statement of responsibility
Michael Wolf-Branigin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Complexity as a paradigm has been underutilized by social work, but this cutting-edge pocket guide makes a convincing argument for its use. Every agency worker has been faced with a deluge of records, making it difficult to grasp onto structures and trends undergirding behavior. Complexity theory studies the interactions of competitive and cooperative tendencies of agents such as individuals, families, groups, or communities, making the case that there is a hidden order in things that are seemingly chaotic. Exploring their interactions involves identifying a set of simple rules that the agents follow, revealing patterns that emerge without a predetermined template
  • Readers will learn how to frame their research using the components found in complex systems by using their existing knowledge of research methods and applying basic mathematical concepts. Concepts such as bordering between chaos and equilibrium, diverse perspectives, diverse heuristics, robustness, and wisdom of crowds are considered and applied to social work research studies. Basic introductions on game theory, graph theory, Boolean logic, decision theory, and network science provide the necessary mathematical background for understanding interconnectedness and networking
  • The next part of the book is a hands-on guide to the agent-based modeling software NetLogo. By inputting initial parameters and rules, the outputted models provide valuable information for visualizing unintended consequences, including how conflict can foster cooperation and how threats to a social network can improve the network's robustness and resiliency. The result is both a user-friendly introduction to using complexity theory in a socio-environmental context and a framework that provides an overarching structure for investigating process, outcomes, and the collective behavior of groups."--Pub. desc
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
001.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
H62
LC item number
.W622 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Pocket guides to social work research methods
Label
Using complexity theory for research and program evaluation, Michael Wolf-Branigin
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-194) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the history and theory of complexity -- Framing social services as complex systems -- Research and evaluation methods for complexity -- Shifting from a metaphorical to a mathematical approach -- Social work applications of complexity -- Introduction to agent-based modeling -- Developing agent-based models -- Concluding remarks and proposed research agenda
Control code
ocn867049689
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 196 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199315895
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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.b30006144
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)867049689
  • oso0199315892

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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