Organizations representing the Human Services Practice and University communities are encouraged to join the the RTN and individuals from those organizations are welcome to join the RTN Steering Committee (see below).  Organizations interested in joining the Network should contact Stuart Oppenheim:  or Sandyha Rao Hermon: 

Current membership includes the following:


California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), UC Berkeley

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Research and Development Committee

Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC)
California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
California Social Services Research (CSSR)

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality


Northern California
Center for Human Services, UC Davis Extension

Bay Area


Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center (SWERT), CSU Fresno


Academy for Professional Excellence - San Diego State University


University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF)

  • Child and Family Research Consortium


Participation on the RTN Steering Committee is open to state and county practitioners (with an emphasis on Leadership and Research staff), University faculty with an interest in Human Services research and representatives of statewide organizations that support partnership between faculty and practitioners.  Anyone interested in joining the Steering Committee should contact Stuart Oppenheim:  or Sandyha Rao Hermon:

Member responsibilities include:

  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Coordination of, and communication about the activities of the RTN with colleagues who are not members of the RTN
  • Assistance in establishing the annual RTN Work Plan
  • Assistance in carrying out the activities in the Annual Work Plan
  • Participation in regular planning meetings to revisit and revise foundational documents (Charter, Research Agenda, Action Plan)

Member benefits include:

  • Close partnerships between practice and University communities
  • Opportunities to guide Human Services research priorities in California
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues with similar interests in practice-oriented research
  • Opportunities to influence the direction of statewide Human Services policy through the coordination of research efforts
  • Gaining a statewide perspective about the direction of their own practice and research efforts


These participating schools are a part of CalSWEC's consortium of statewide partners.  Students are able to complete a bachelor's degree, master's degree and/or Ph.D. at these schools.  The schools of social work/social welfare boasts some of the state's brightest academicians and scholars.