Evaluation, Research & Implementation
Bridging Research and Practice
Evaluation and research have been integral to CalSWEC since its inception, particularly as they relate to improving social work practice.
CalSWEC assesses, among other areas:
- How well social work schools prepare students for the profession,
- The factors affecting the retention of these specially trained graduates in the workforce, and
- Graduates’ views of their preparation in the classroom and in the field.
CalSWEC awards grants to:
- Empirically based curriculum development projects designed to improve practice and teaching through agency-based research,
- Research/practice partnerships to evaluate emerging practices to inform the development of curriculum training products for the Title IV-E Stipend and In-Service Training Coordination Programs, and
- MSW students to encourage and support student research that will contribute to the evidence base for policy and practice in public human services.
A national leader in evaluation of in-service training in the human services, CalSWEC:
- Provides leadership for the evaluation of the California Common Core Curricula, and
- Hosts and co-sponsors statewide and national events and symposia related to evaluation, including the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium (NHSTES) and the Leadership Symposia on Evidence-Based Practice.