Publications

Social Work Policy Institute Publications

Social Work Policy Institute Releases Report on Achieving Racial Equity

A think tank symposium, Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action , was convened under the auspices of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) on November 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The interdisciplinary group of participants, including social work stakeholders and race equity experts, worked together to more fully understand the roots […]

Research Partnerships Target Improved Child Well-Being and Child Welfare Outcomes

Agency-university research partnerships are proven effective strategies that can be used to test interventions and to gather, analyze and use data to improve service delivery outcomes. For the March 27-28 Wicked Problems: Meeting the Grand Challenges of Child Welfare symposium, Social Work Policy Institute Director, Joan Levy Zlotnik developed an action brief, Creating and Sustaining Effective and Outcome-Oriented Child Welfare University Agency Research Partnerships. The symposium was the fourth  in a series co-convened by the University of North Carolina School of Social Work and the Children’s Home Society of America.

Social Work Policy Institute Releases Report on Advanced Practice Doctoral Degrees in Social Work

A think tank, Advanced Practice Doctorates: What Do They Mean for Social Work Practice, Research and Education, was convened under the auspices of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute on September 23-24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The interdisciplinary group of participants considered: How can advanced practice doctorates contribute to knowledge building and the bridging of […]

SWPI Releases Report from Veterans Policy Symposium

The FULL REPORT and ACTION BRIEF, summarizing the deliberations and recommendations  from the Enhancing the Well-Being of America’s Veterans and their Families: A Call to Action for a National Veterans Policy think tank are now available. The symposium that took place June 12 & 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The NASW Social Work Policy Institute […]

SWPI Convenes Critical Conversation on Positioning Social Work Graduates for Policy Careers

Professional social workers have long pursued careers focused on influencing social policy. In December 2012, NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute and the Social Work Department at George Mason University convened a Critical Conversation, Influencing Social Policy: Positioning Social Work Graduates for Policy Careers, to promote a dialogue between social work educators who prepare students for […]

SWPI Convenes First Critical Conversation – Social Work in Health and Behavioral Health Care: Visioning The Future

This period of change and uncertainty in health and behavioral care service delivery is an opportune time to highlight the essential and varied roles that social workers play in achieving better health outcomes and improved psychosocial well-being for individuals, families and communities. Social Work in Health and Behavioral Health Care: Visioning the Future  brought together […]

New Policy Brief Highlights Use of Title IV-E Funding to Support Social Work Students

For two decades, Title IV-E funding has been an important source of support for BSW and MSW students to be encouraged to puruse child welfare careers.  The Social Work Policy Institute has created a new brief, Education Social Workers for Child Welfare Practice: The Status of Using Title IV-E Funding to Support BSW & MSW […]

Social Work Policy Institute Releases Report on Health Care for Children at Risk

Children at Risk: Optimizing Health in an Era of Reform, a new report and action brief from the November 2011 think tank symposium are now available from the Social Work Policy Institute of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. To set an agenda to improve children’s health outcomes, the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) […]

Social Work Policy Institute Releases New Report on Needed Workforce Investments

Investing in the Social Work Workforce, a new report and action brief from a May 2011 think tank symposium is now available from the Social Work Policy Institute of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. The report explores the need for more comprehensive, broadly available strategies that target both the recruitment and education of […]

Supervision: The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice

The quality of the direct services provided to children and families, the positive outcomes of service delivery, the successful recruitment and retention of workers, and the ability of child welfare organizations to function in times of change and stress depend on the recognition, development and affirmation of supervisors as crucial organizational and community leaders (National […]

IASWR Publications

IASWR Directory of Funded Research

(Updated September 2009) The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) developed the Directory of Social Work Research Grants Awarded by the National Institutes of Health so that Principal Investigators (PIs) who are social work researchers funded by NIH, the topics being studied and the funding mechanisms that are being used can be […]

Partnerships to Integrate Evidence-Based mental health Practices into Social Work Education and Research

IASWR collaborated with the National Institute of Mental health (NIHM) to launch an initiative focused on enhancing partnerships to integrate evidence-based mental health practices into social work education and research. The purpose of the workshop that was held on April 12, 2007 in Bethesda, Maryland was to develop strategies to accelerate integration of evidence-based mental […]

LGBT Social Work Research Agenda

On June 23-24, 2005, IASWR convened a symposium entitled Enhancing the Health and Well-Being of LGBT Individuals, Families, and Communities: Building a Social Work Research Agenda, supported by the Gill Foundation. The symposium addressed State of the Science, Methodology, Theory and Ethics through presentations by experienced LGBT researchers. A final panel of representatives from federal […]

IASWR Child Welfare Workforce Initiative

The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research launched its Child Welfare Workforce Initiative, in January 2004 with support from the Human Services Workforce Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Fostering Results at the University of Illinois School of Social Work’s Child and Family Research Center. Subsequent support from the Annie E. […]

University/Agency Child Welfare Research Partnerships Toolkit Available

The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) developed,  Strengthening University/Agency Partnerships to Enhance Child Welfare Outcomes: A Toolkit for Building Research Partnerships. It was a result of an inter-organizational initiative undertaken in collaboration with the National Association of Deans and Directors and with support and technical assistance from Casey Family Programs (CFP). […]

Evaluating Social Work Services in Nursing Homes: Toward Quality Psychosocial Care and Its Measurement

documents/IASWRNursingHome.pdf In December 2004 the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research convened leaders from policy, government, social work, psychiatry, and nursing to develop a blueprint for improving psychosocial care in nursing homes, a critical component of overall nursing home quality. Despite nursing home reform efforts and social work service provision directed toward meeting […]

IASWR Tenth Anniversary Report

What is IASWR’s Mission? What is Social Work Research? What Does IASWR Do? Highlights 1993-2003 Bridging Research and Practice Connecting Research and Policy

IASWR 2007-2008 Annual Report

The 2007-2008 IASWR Annual Report highlights important outcomes of our work related to developing research capacity, influencing science and science policy and evidence-based practice. Recent IASWR publications and information on IASWR contributors is also provided. We hope that this Annual Report will serve as a guide to the breadth of IASWR’s work and help facilitate […]

A Report to the National Cancer Institute from IASWR

IASWR developed Social Work’s Contribution to Research on Cancer Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment and Survivorship. The report describes the linkages between NCI priorities and social work research and identifies potential strategies and next steps to increase social work participation in cancer research. IASWR is grateful to the National Cancer Institute for its partial support of […]

Case Management The SAFe Way

http://sowkweb.usc.edu/projects/safe/ Project SAFe, is a a CDC-funded multi-site study that tested a systematic evidence-based case management approach to improve patient cancer screening follow-up adherence for a target population of medically under-served low-income, ethnic minority women with abnormal breast and cervical screens. Materials and tools can be used as resources to adapt or modify case management […]

Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Federally Funded Research in Social Work Programs

The Task Force on Administrative Research Infrastructures within Social Work Programs was appointed by the National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD) and sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR), with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health. Its purpose was to develop recommendations for administrative strategies and models […]

Social Work Contributions to Public Health: Bridging Research & Practice in Preventing Violence – Lessons from Child Maltreatment & Domestic Violence

IASWR identified and documented contributions from social work research in violence prevention, especially in the areas of child maltreatment and domestic violence. The goal was to identify how social work researchers and social work institutions (organizations and academia) can contribute through research and the translation of research into practice, to the endeavors of public health […]

Building Social Work Knowledge for Effective Services and Policies: A Plan for Research Development: A Report of the Task Force on Social Work Research (November 1991)

This seminal report, the product of the inquiry of the Task Force on Social Work Research over a three year period (1988-1991) examined the status of research and research training in the social work profession. The Task Force, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and advocated for by the National Association of Social […]