Practice-Based Research Networks in Stakeholder-Driven Social Work Research

Erin L. Kelly, Lisa Davis, Monique Holguin, Lizbeth Gaona, Rohini Pahwa, Sae Lee, Laura Pancake, Lezlie Murch, Leslie Giambone, John Brekke

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Purpose: The field of social work is evolving toward community-engaged, stakeholder-driven research in the context of evidence-based practice (EBP) and practice-based evidence (PBE). Methods: We propose that practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are an approach to conducting stakeholder-driven research that can be uniquely valuable for the field of social work. Results: We define the concept of a PBRN and demonstrate how it can address the development of complementary agendas for service improvement, social work science, policy development and advocacy, as well as highlight the challenges and benefits of participating in a PBRN. We provide details of our experiences with a mental health–based PBRN in Los Angeles County, the Recovery-Oriented Care Collaborative, to illustrate the processes outlined and inform our recommendations. Conclusions: PBRNs are an important form of community-based participatory research, which can help the field of social work with reconciling EBPs and PBE to improve service delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-831
Number of pages13
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • community mental health services
  • practice-based research network
  • social work
  • stakeholder-driven research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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