4th International Conference on Practice Research
22 - 24 May 2017
Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Conference Objectives

The organisers of this conference—practice research leaders from several countries—view the 4th International Conference on Practice Research in Hong Kong as a means of widening the discussion of practice research by engaging a broader international audience of current researchers, practitioners, and users regarding the role practice research can play in social work knowledge-building.

Additionally, we view the Hong Kong conference as a means of engaging social work and other social sciences educators regarding the role of practice research in educating future professionals to confront the following challenges that could be presentation topics:

  1. Engaging practitioners and researchers meaningfully in a dialogue about research designs, outcomes, and implementation
  2. Involving researchers more closely in day-to-day practice contexts
  3. Involving senior management in order to develop the necessary organisational support for social work practice research and/or partnering with university-based researchers
  4. Inviting other research colleagues to adopt multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches to the dissemination and utilisation of social work practice research: What are some of the best ways of disseminating practice research through a multi-actor approach?
  5. Discussing the possibilities and the barriers in the negotiated meeting-points between practice and research.
  6. Expanding the domain of practice research to actively include service users
  7. Promoting the transformation of practice questions into practice research questions through the active use of critical reflection and critical thinking
  8. Educating research-minded practitioners at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  9. Educating practice-minded researchers through the exploration of applied research methodologies that locate them within various practice domains
  10. Deliberating the changing context of practice (e.g., how can practice research inform the merging health, mental health, and social services in numerous governmental locales around the world?)
  11. Developing public policy: How do findings from practice research get translated into new, more service-user-relevant policies and practices?