- Haluk SoydanHaluk SoydanHaluk Soydan is Research Professor and Associate Dean of Research, and the Director of the Hamovitch Center for Science in Human Services, University of Southern California School of Social Work, Los Angeles. Haluk Soydan has a Ph. D. in sociology from Uppsala University, Sweden. Before joining the USC School of Social work in 2004, he has served for the last ten years as Research Director at the National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm. His scientific publications include more than two dozens of books, authored or co-authored by him, and a large number of journal articles. He is a co-founder of the international Campbell Collaboration which he served as co-chair for 6 years. His meta-analysis article together with colleagues on what works among ethnic juvenile delinquents was awarded with Pro Humanitate Award for “Intellectual Integrity and Moral Courage.” He is a three times award receiver of the Swedish Association of Textbook Writers. In 2004, he was honored by the Swedish Government for “Zealous and Devoted Service to the Nation.” In 2008, he was given the Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Campbell Collaboration Award.
This entry regards intervention research as an essential part of social work as a profession and research discipline. A brief history of intervention research reveals that use of intervention research for the betterment of human conditions is contemporary with the genesis of modern social science. Advances in intervention research are attributed to the comprehensive social programs launched during the 1960s in the United States. A contemporary and generic model of intervention research is described. It is argued that it is ethical to use intervention research and unethical not to use it. Assessment of some of the recent advances in policy making and science gives an optimistic picture of the future of intervention research.