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.
Evaluation of CalSWEC's Programs
CalSWEC evaluates its programs, in collaboration with our partners. This includes evaluation of:
- the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program, resulting in workforce study reports, data briefs, and regional workforce studies; statewide pre-service MSW curriculum; as well as the study of graduates' career paths;
- the Child Welfare In-Service Training (California Common Core Curricula), resulting in a number of statewide and national evaluative activities, and
- the Mental Health Program, resulting in evaluation reports.
Workforce Evaluation and Research
CalSWEC collects data and supports research about and evaluation of the human services workforce, including:
- Assessing how well social work schools prepare students for the profession, 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,
- Conducting the California Public Child Welfare Workforce Study,
- Promoting research by our partners, by allowing interested researchers access to CalSWEC's datasets.
Evidence-Based Practice and Implementation
- Organizing and participating in partnerships such as the Research and Training Network (RTN), and
- Developing innovative training products such as Implementation Toolkits.
Grants and Awards to Support Research and Evaluation
CalSWEC provides support for students, faculty and practice partners to conduct research via:
- 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.