Why do We Need Social Work Research?

Social work research informs professional practice. Through social work research, the profession can:

  • Assess the needs and resources of people in their environments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of social work services in meeting peoples needs
  • Demonstrate relative costs and benefits of social work services
  • Advance professional education in light of changing contexts for practice
  • Understand the impact of legislation and social policy on the clients and communities we serve


Resources Articles in Journal Special Issues and Book Chapters Articles In recognition of World AIDS Day December 5, this month’s research review turns to social work’s development of knowledge for practice and policy concerning issues related to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Social workers have been at the forefront of this issue since it first became […]

January 21st, 2010 at 3:16 pm

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Understanding Our Aging Society – Social Work Contributions

What is gerontological social work research? Research Examples Foundation-Supported Projects Gerontological Social Work Research Agenda Important Links John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Geriatric Social Work The aging of our society, both in the United States and globally, demands an increased focus on aging within the social work profession and the preparation of […]

January 21st, 2010 at 3:14 pm

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Adoption References This NASW research Web page focuses on adoption, a major area of child welfare guided by both social work research and efforts in social work to develop sound policies and practices.   Adoption is an important service provided for children who cannot be cared for by their birthparents and who need and can benefit […]

January 21st, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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Research Infrastructure and Development Strategy Resources

IASWR Compendium of Articles Related to Research Infrastructure IASWR compiled a compendium of articles that address research infrastructure development strategies that can be pursued by social work education programs at the BSW, MSW and PhD levels; the development of research centers; and strategies for pursuing diverse research funding mechanisms.

January 17th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

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Data Sources

Resources for Research: Data Sources IASWR has compiled a list of data sources that provide data and information of relevance to social work researchers. Topics covered include aging, child welfare, demographics, health, criminal justice and international issues.

January 17th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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This introductory look at research related to depression includes information that can be used by social work practitioners, educators, and policy-setters.  It includes links to depression-specific web pages, including those of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), […]

January 10th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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Child Welfare

Professional Social Workers in Child Welfare Work: Research Addressing the Recruitment and Retention Dilemma Background Recruitment and Retention Challenges Supporting Professional Social Work in Child Welfare Important Links References & Resources This month, the NASW Research Web Page focuses on a number of studies that identify challenges to recruitment and retention; provides research and resource […]

January 4th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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Children With Incarcerated Parents

Overviews Incarceration and Child Welfare Incarcerated Fathers Incarcerated Mothers Kinship Care and Caretaking References Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children (pdf format) As their numbers grow exponentially, U.S. children with incarcerated parents—and their unique needs—have been gaining increasing attention. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), 2.1 percent of children under age 18 have […]

June 21st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangender Persons

This NASW research Web page focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social work research. It provides an overview of an under-researched set of social concerns and provides links to resources and a collection of publications by social work researchers.  The nature of the subject matter is highly complex, the population of interest is […]

May 10th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

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Health Disparities

Public Call For Research On Health Disparities National Institutes of Health Focus on Health Disparities Research Social Work Research Related to Health Disparities This social work research web page focus on Health Disparities provides references to access additional information on health disparities research agendas as well as selected publication references in which research findings are […]

May 1st, 2008 at 1:30 pm

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