About This Issue

This issue of Practice & Research presents the Center's Outcomes Measurement in the Human Services Symposium. This symposium brought together many of the nation's leading experts in outcomes measurement to examine the current status and future directions for outcomes measurement in the human services. A book based on the symposium papers and deliberations will be published by the National Association of Social Workers in June 1997. Also included in this issue of Practice & Research are articles describing current research conducted by Center affiliates. These articles provide useful summaries of the Center's research programs. 

This and all former issues of Practice & Research are now available in electronic format on the Centerís Internet World Wide Web site. The electronic edition available at the Web site is an expanded version of Practice & Research with extensive links permitting easy cross-referencing and rapid access to relevant related information. The electronic version of the Winter 1997 issue includes extensive information about the symposium including paper abstracts, biographical sketches, a list of invitees, pictures of attendees, and the program. In the electronic format readers are free to browse topics of interest, download articles for future reference, and print selections. Other Web sites are encouraged to create links to the Center Web site. 

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