The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR)
has received support from Casey Family Programs (CFP) to undertake an information gathering effort targeted
to enhancing university/agency child welfare research partnerships. This initial initiative will:
· Identify existing strategies that result
in strong child welfare research partnerships between universities and state or county public agencies.
Identify new practical strategies
to strengthen child welfare research partnerships between universities and state or county public agencies.
Pilot a technical assistance strategy
to bring together key players in schools of social work and child welfare agencies to enhance child welfare research capacity
The impetus for this
effort emerges from the strategic value that such research partnerships have in enhancing child welfare service delivery and
outcomes for children and families; and concern about the lack of a focused strategy and specific funding streams to support
child welfare research and the development of the next generation of child welfare researchers. Casey Family
Programs’ support for this effort emerges from their Strategy 2020 that seeks to reduce the
number of children in foster care by 50 percent and improve self-sufficiency for those who remain in the system. CFP seeks to accomplish this through Strategic Consulting, Direct Practice and Public Policy
is gathering information from existing child welfare research centers and university/agency research partnerships,
deans & directors of social work education programs and child welfare administrators. A review of child welfare research
funding sources, especially support for doctoral students and early career researchers is also underway.
would like to also gather input directly from the perspective of child welfare researchers. Please
visit the IASWR website (www.iaswresearch.org) and click on Research Partners to provide information
to assist us in our understanding of child welfare research efforts and child welfare university/agency research partnerships.
Or you can contact Joan Zlotnik at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecca Toni Hjelm at email@example.com to provide input.
IASWR Website Enhanced
IASWR’s website includes a valuable array
of information and resources on how to apply for research grants, funding opportunities, calls for papers, Evidence-Based
Practice resources and information on numerous government developed sources of data (e.g. SAMHSA and Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services). These are excellent resources to be used by faculty and students when writing grants
are helpful tools that can be used in the classroom as well. For more information visit www.iaswresearch.org.