IASWR has been busy this summer, working on new funding projects and working with policy makers to garner support for social
work research. We are working on our 2001-2002 Annual Report and the third edition of IASWR Research...Reports...Resources,
our new newsletter has just been published. Both will be available on IASWR's newly revised and updated website at www.iaswresearch.org
early in the Fall. IASWR welcomes Audra LeBlanc as Project Coordinator. Audra earned a BSW from the University of Vermont
and an MSW from the University of Maryland and did her field placement at IASWR last year. Audra merged a class assignment
on grant writing with a fieldwork task, to write a conference grant that was submitted to the National Institute on Drug Abuse
and which received very positive reviews. (Grant writing is such an important skill for social workers so attend the pre-conference
session at BPD in Pittsburgh.) We now await the funding decision.
BPD Summer Policy Fellow
We had the opportunity to host Delene Porter, BSW, this summer's BPD Summer Policy Fellow. Delene had just earned her BSW
degree from the University of Georgia and was a student representative to the Georgia NASW Board. Delene worked on a diverse
range of projects with both IASWR and NASW national office staff and got to see policy making (inside the beltway) in action.
IASWR looks forward to being part of this great opportunity for a BSW student again next year.
IASWR at BPD Conference
With the BPD meeting just around the corner, IASWR wants to remind you that we will once again be doing a workshop on funding
opportunities and writing grants as a pre-conference session at the BPD conference, Wednesday, October 23, 2002 in Pittsburgh.
On Saturday afternoon, we will host a session on bringing research funding into BSW programs to strengthen the research program,
with speakers Anna McPhatter of Morgan State University, Betsy Vourlekis of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and
Robert Mays of the Office of Special Populations at the National Institute on Mental Health. IASWR will also be hosting an
exhibit booth this year. Stop by to get important resource information.
Defining Social Work Research
IASWR is often asked to define social work research. A recent look in the current Social Work Dictionary, 4th Edition, published
by the National Association of Social Workers in 1999 does not include such a definition. (Note: The 5th edition will).
In response to federal requests to define social work research, IASWR has developed the following comprehensive definition,
which will be abbreviated in the next dictionary edition.
Social Work Research involves the study of preventive interventions, treatment of acute psychosocial problems, care and
rehabilitation of individuals with severe, chronic difficulties, community development interventions, organizational administration,
and the effects of social policy actions on the practice of social work. (From Building Social Work Knowledge for Effective
Services and Policies: A Plan for Research Development, NIMH, November, 1991, p.1). Social work research may cover the entire
lifespan, and may be focused at clinical and services and policy issues, focusing on individual, family, group, community
or organizational levels of intervention and analysis. It is primarily conducted by persons educated in the field of social
work, i.e. holding BSW, MSW and/or DSW/PhD degrees or who hold faculty positions in accredited social work education programs.
Social work research is customarily conducted under university and/or community-based institutional auspices such as hospitals,
prisons, social services and community development organizations or through professional, policy or research entities. (IASWR,
GAO Study on Child Welfare Workforce
The General Accounting Office is undertaking a study at the request of Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) and Jim Greenwood (R-PA)
to examine the impact of recruitment and retention problems in child welfare on the outcomes of children in the child welfare
system. IASWR has been a resource to GAO, providing information on research findings that support the value of professional
education for child welfare staff. If you have information to share with GAO, please contact Joan Levy Zlotnik, (email@example.com).
Click here to send an email message to Joan Zlotnik
Connecting Research and Practice
There are increasing calls for evidence-based practice (EVP), a term that has become increasingly used in the published literature
over the last decade. The focus on EVP is often connected to increased focus on outcomes and accountability, cost effectiveness,
replicability, quality and efficiency. It is not just important to know what works in a controlled setting, but there also
needs to be study of what works with individuals and families with complex needs and co-occurring disorders, with diverse
cultural and ethnic backgrounds and under differing conditions. Some useful resources on evidence based practices can be
Information for Practice
In collaboration with the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the World Wide Web Resources for Social Work (WWWRSW),
Information for Practice has been launched and is available on the web at: http://www.nyu.edu/socialwork/wwwrsw/ip/ . This
free monthly service is designed to alert subscribers to Internet based resources that have potential utility for practice.
The information is compiled by the staff of WWWRSW and it is a new and useful resource that already has over 2000 subscribers
from 31 countries. To receive Information for Practice send a blank email message to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then receive a message with further instructions on how to use
this service. Alternatively, you can see the FAQ for Lyris Forums (the software used by IP) at: http://forums.nyu.edu/faq/.
Click here to visit the Information for Practice website: http://www.nyu.edu/socialwork/wwwrsw/ip/
Click here, and follow the directions above, to join the Information for Practice Listserv: email@example.com
Click here to go to Lyns Forum FAQ: http://forums.nyu.edu/faq/
Child Welfare Research
The Child Welfare League of America has launched a research to practice initiative (R2P) and are seeking to identify interested
social work faculty to assist them in their efforts. For more information visit the R2P website at http://www.cwla.org/programs/r2p/.
The National Institutes of Health have a working group on Child Abuse and Neglect http://www.nimh.nih.gov/canwg/canhistory.cfm
and have several special opportunities for grant funding. At the January 2003 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
conference IASWR will host a special cross-agency session on research funding opportunities in child abuse and neglect with
representatives from the Children's Bureau, the Center for Injury Prevention and Control and CDC and the National Institutes
Click here to isit the CWLA R2P web site at: http://www.cwla.org/programs/r2p/
Click here to visit the web site of the National Institute of Health, Child Abuse and Neglect Work Group at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/canwg/canhistory.cfm
SSWR Pre-Conference Sessions
Thursday, January 16, 2003 IASWR will be hosting a pre-conference institute to provide information to social work researchers
about a diverse range of federal funding opportunities. In addition to the above mentioned session there will be special
presentations on funding in aging, cancer, children's mental health, mental health services, alcohol abuse and alcoholism,
substance abuse, and for minority researcher development. For more information visit the IASWR website or the SSWR website
Click here to visit the SSWR web page at: http://www.sswr.org
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