Centers and Institutes


 National Workforce Initiative

In spring 2015, the organizations that comprised the Leadership Roundtable tasked an advisory committee with devising a national social work workforce study encompassing all levels and fields of practice. The advisory committee organizational members are:

American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors

Association of Social Work Boards

Council on Social Work Education

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work

National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work

National Association of Social Workers

Society for Social Work and Research

Data Collection

Through an RFP process in the fall of 2016, the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute was selected by the advisory committee to conduct a study to enumerate the current social work workforce and to help design a system for on-going collection and analysis of data. The study will have basic components:

  • establishing a close working relationship with social work organizations with a knowledge, interest and, in some cases, data to inform the discussion;
  • identifying and assessing existing data sources;
  • filling the most important gaps in data through a survey of new social work graduates;
  • designing and piloting data collection instruments for future expanded data collection; and
  • recommending structures and processes for the on-going collection and analysis of data.

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Generous funding for the Social Work Workforce Initiative has been provided by each of the advisory committee organizations as well as the University of Southern California.