European Social Work Research Association SIG to study decisions, assessment, and risk

Brian Taylor, Campbell Killick, Teresa Bertotti, Guy Enosh, Joel Gautschi, Johanna Hietamäki, Alessandro Sicora, Andrew Whittaker

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Purpose: The increasing interest in professional judgement and decision making is often separate from the discourse about “risk,” and the time-honored focus on assessment. Method: The need to develop research in and across these topics was recognized in the founding of a Decisions, Assessment, and Risk Special Interest Group (DARSIG) by the European Social Work Research Association in 2014. Results: The Group's interests include cognitive judgements; decision processes with clients, families, other professionals and courts; assessment tools and processes; the assessment, communication, and management of risk; and legal, ethical, and emotional aspects of these. This article outlines the founding and scope of DARSIG; gives an overview of decision making, assessment, and risk for practice; illustrates connections between these; and highlights future research directions. Discussion: Professional knowledge about decision making, assessment, and risk complements knowledge about effectiveness of interventions. Conclusion: DARSIG promises to be a useful mechanism for the purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-94
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Evidence-Informed Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018

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  • Assessment
  • decision making
  • evidence-informed practice
  • professional judgement
  • research
  • risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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