Research & Statistics

The CSWE organizational mission includes the charge to advocate for social work education and research. CSWE's strategic plan outlines the need for research to inform policy and practice and to serve the needs of CSWE member programs—their deans, directors, faculty members, and students. The CSWE Commission on Research (COR) and CSWE research staff work to serve that need. COR developed research priorities with input from the CSWE commissions and councils to guide their work; they will report on progress periodically. 

CSWE conducts research through surveys, the annual census of social work programs, and quality assurance measures for the Commission on Accreditation. Descriptions of the ongoing research efforts and reports on the results are available in this section. Contact the Institutional Research staff for more information about projects and data.

Research Updates

Annual Survey
In October 2017, CSWE released The 2017 Annual Statistics on Social Work Education in the United States report.

2015 State of Field Education Survey
A final report of findings on the 2015 State of Field Education Survey from the CSWE Council on Field Education is now available. The first publication from this survey was an Executive Summary released in 2015. The final report provides additional analysis with a focus on field directors.

National Workforce Initative
In 2015 the Leadership Roundtable launched a national social work workforce study encompassing all levels and fields of practice. The George Washington University Health Workforce Institute has produced two products: Profile of the Social Work Workforce and New Social Workers: Results of the Nationwide Survey of 2017 Social Work Graduates. A study of the 2018 graduates is underway. Read more about the workforce study here.


2018 Plans

In lieu of the traditional annual survey, CSWE will survey members in spring 2019 on the council's research initiatives. This survey—for individual and program members—will be conducted to learn more about what members need and want from CSWE’s research department. Programs will still be asked to report basic information including enrollment number that will be used to determine membership dues.

Additionally, CSWE will be conducting trend analysis of data collected by CSWE over the last 10 years. This analysis will provide an overview of multiyear data on social work education. This will help determine emerging trends and changes in the landscape of social work education over the past decade. Report on this trend analysis will be released in 2019.