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 is composed of the following components:

  • 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.
The first product of the study is now available: the Profile of the Social Work Workforce. The profile is an analysis of existing data sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Community Survey, and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System. 


The survey of recent social work graduates was launched at the end of August 2017 and closed in October 2017. We received a 70% response rate to the survey. Data analysis is underway and a report will be available in the beginning of 2018.

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