Institutional Research

About CSWE's Institutional Research Department

The CSWE organizational mission includes the charge to advocate for social work education and research. CSWE works toward that mission through the Research Agenda (PDF), which outlines the need for research to inform policy and practice for CSWE staff, Board of Directors, and the volunteer commissions and councils, and to serve the needs of CSWE member programs—their deans, directors, faculty members, and students. 

CSWE conducts research through surveys, the annual census of social work programs, and quality assurance measures for the Commission on Accreditation. The research capacity is further augmented through the CSWE Scholars Program, which funds research projects in areas of need. Descriptions of the ongoing research efforts and reports on the results are available in this section.


FEATURED: Advanced Military Social Work Practice Guidelines
Increase specialization, certification, and other curricular offerings at your social work program to address military cultural awareness and service-related disorders. Or as a practitioner, learn what specialized knowledge and skills can help you better serve military personnel, veterans, and their families, as well as noncombatant uniformed service members. CSWE Institutional Research has just produced a guide to Advanced Social Work Practice in Military Social Work (PDF). It directly addresses each of the 10 competencies that compose social work practice at the generalist practice level in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Read our press release or the guidelines (PDF) for more information.

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    National Workforce Initiative

    In spring 2015, the organizations that comprised the Leadership Roundtable tasked a steering committee with devising a national social work workforce study encompassing all levels and fields of practice. The steering committee organizational members are: American Academy of Social Work and ... Read More

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    Field Education

    The State of Field Education is an initiative of the CSWE Council on Field Education (COFE). This is a planned series of surveys of directors or coordinators of field education. The 2015 State of Field Education Survey repor t helps to answer critical questions about how field education ... Read More

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    Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

    CSWE was awarded a subcontract from the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago to support the integration of substance abuse screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) into general undergraduate and graduate social work curricula rather ... Read More

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    Social Work and Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Project

    The Social Work and Integrated Care Project is a partnership initiative to infuse integrated behavioral health and primary care in master’s level social work education. The initiative began as a collaborative project between CSWE and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools ... Read More

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    Annual Survey of Social Work Programs

    Information about the yearly census of social work programs and data about social work programs, faculty, and students. Read More

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    Benchmarking Data Services

    An overview of the CSWE member service that compares individualized data about baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral social work programs. Read More

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    Social Work Program Data

    Information about the structure of social work programs, including the education continuum, location of programs, and administration.

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    Curriculum Statistics

    Information about social work curriculum, including content, activities, and pedagogy used at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. Read More

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    Recovery to Practice Initiative

    CSWE Recovery to Practice is a multiyear SAMHSA-funded initiative to develop, implement, and evaluate mental health recovery-oriented training materials for social work educators and practitioners. Read More

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    Research Agenda

    The Research Agenda passed by the CSWE Board of Directors in 2005. Read More