UCLA–LA DCFS Proposal Awarded CalSWEC Research/Practice Funding

CalSWEC has awarded funding for a research/practice partnership to the UCLA Department of Social Welfare and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LA DCFS). Their proposal involves evaluating the implementation of a technology-based system designed to streamline referral to services. The six-month planning period for this proposal began in January.

View a summary of the Research Practice Partnership between UCLA and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Last year, CalSWEC awarded the first partnership funding to Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and the San Jose State University School of Social Work. This partnership has now completed the six-month planning period; has developed research teams with MSW students, university faculty, and county staff; and is proceeding with a variety of research-related projects.

View a summary of the San Jose State University-Santa Clara County-Santa Cruz County proposal.

CalSWEC’s unique partnership between the academic and practice communities offers the opportunity for producing practical, applied research and evaluation to improve California’s public social services workforce.

To encourage the connection between evaluation and workforce development, for the first time last year, CalSWEC’s Research and Development Committee solicited proposals for partnerships between schools of social work and counties or Tribal entities that would address specific priorities.

More Information
For more information, please contact Barrett Johnson,, Director of the Child Welfare In-Service Training Project.