Professor Martin Webber, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK
This unique UK-Finnish collaboration is an exciting contribution to our understanding of relationships in social work practice research. Providing insights from many diverse research projects, it highlights that critical reflection on roles and relationships is at the heart of the co-creation of knowledge in practice research. For both practitioners engaging in practice research and researchers interested in relationship-based approaches, this book is highly recommended.
Michael J. Austin, Mack Professor School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Building upon Ruch's pioneering work on the centrality of relationship building and sustaining in social work practice, this excellent volume continues the exploration of the role of relationships in the conduct of practice research that immerses the researcher in the complexities of the lives of service users. The eight case examples provide rich evidence, using ethnographic and qualitative research methods, of the sensitivities and reflective thinking required in this form of innovative practice research. I highly recommend this volume for those interested in integrating the teaching of research and practice.
From the foreword by Irwin Epstein, PhD
This current collection illuminating European practice-research studies convinces us that rather than being bogged down by a weighty and illusory "gold standard" of quantitative experimental research, we allow our students and ourselves to closely follow the many and evolving streams of social work practice globally, we may be heading toward a "golden age" of practice research. Ruch and Julkunen are to be congratulated for calling our attention to one exceedingly important route to that destination.
Steve Bambrough, Children, Young People and Families Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation TrustJournal of Social Work Practice
This book, together with its sister volume, will together become the textbook for relationship-based research in the social sciences. It is a work of courage, moral strength and vision but also one of the most impressive thinking tool in research that I have come across.