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 Workers, declared “a crisis in the current development of research resources in social work.” Spurred on by the declaration of the crisis, the social work profession has continued to make major investments in developing social work research efforts and infrastructure including creating and ongoing support for the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) as well as efforts to strengthen research/practice bridges. This report continues to provide an important blueprint for actions that government agencies, foundations and the profession itself can use to develop practice-relevant research and research capacity. Click here to print report.