This course provides a detailed examination of the techniques and methods of social research as they relate to evaluation of social services and social work practice. The course is designed to introduce students to the scientific method of inquiry within the context of advanced generalist practice and research problems. Special attention will be given to applied research methodologies that will enhance the student’s use of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills. The following topics are explored: hypothesis construction; formulating a research design; measurement; data collection methods; elementary and social statistical data analysis; and the ethics, politics, and uses of social research. Students are introduced to the various ways in which these underpinnings are designed to aid in the development of the appropriate language, knowledge, and skills for the application of research methods associated with advanced generalist social work practice.