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David Watson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and has worked as practitioner and manager in the local authority setting. His research background involves evaluating the development of quality service provision in social work from a front-line workers’ perspective. He also has active research involvement with the development and evaluation of learning and teaching strategies to empower adult learners, most of whom are returning to study after a break from formal education. The themes common to both areas of research have been evaluation of the perspectives of the stakeholders in these services and the impact of formal initiatives to improve service provision. His academic interest in the research process is focussed on how designs and methods that are both participatory and empowering can be utilised for the benefit of those experiencing the research process.
Current research activities include a) evaluating quality enhancement in social work, particularly the development of national standards and performance measurement; b) evaluating a personal development tool designed to enable student practitioners to reflect on their own learning and progression towards professional competence; and c) the development and evaluation of ‘soft’ performance measurement tools for assessing the employability of people who have a learning disability or mental health concerns. Finally as part of a collaborative partnership with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health he is researching Intensive Home Support for individuals with dementia (sponsored by Alzheimer Scotland). The overarching principle of this research activity has been the involvement of service users or frontline workers as active participants in the research process.
Watson D (2004) Managing Quality Enhancement in the Personal Social Services International Journal of Public Sector Management 17(2): 153-165
Watson D (2003) The Development of Total Quality Management in the Public and personal Social Service: Realities, Limitations and Opportunities within the Modernising Agenda? Local Government Studies 29(1): 33-50
Watson D (2003) Defining Quality Care for Looked after Children: Frontline Workers’ Perspectives on Standards and all that? Child and Family Social Work 8(1): 67-77
Watson D & West J (2003) The Role of the Tutor in Social Work Education: Building an Emancipatory Tutorial Relationship Journal of Social Work Education 22(2): 139 -149
Watson D & West J (2002) Preparing for Practice: The use of Personal Learning Audits in Social Work Education Practice 21(1): 79-90
Watson D (2002) A Critical Perspective on Quality within the Personal Social Services: Prospects and Concerns British Journal of Social Work 32(6): 877 - 891
Watson D (2002) Just a Paper Exercise? Journal of Social Work Education 21(1): 41-56
Watson D & Ferry A (2001) Developing Anti Oppressive Poverty Teaching and Practice for Social Work Students Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work 3(3): 41-56
Watson D & West J (2001) Managing the process of change in residential child care: A consultancy approach Journal of Social Work Practice 15(1): 91-101
Watson D & West J (2003) Respecting Practice: The Relationship between Tutor and Practice Teacher in the Use of Theory 2nd International Conference of the Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Care Imperial College London