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Practice Research Network

As we move into the 21st century, the NASW is launching a Practice Research Network (PRN), a research program that collects and analyzes data on social work practice as well as a variety of social work service delivery issues.

Purpose

The NASW PRN seeks to expand the research knowledge base about social workers and social work practice. The initial PRN initiative focuses on social work practice and substance abuse. The results of a survey of practitioners will fill gaps in knowledge about identification, treatment, and referral of substance-abusing clients who present for treatment in private practice settings and in agency settings. Subsequent PRN initiatives will be tailored to capture information on critical social work service or policy issues.

Goals
  • To develop current knowledge about the scope and effectiveness of social work practice by NASW members
  • To generate practice-relevant information for planning future service delivery, policy, research, and financing decisions pertinent to social work
  • To improve prevention and treatment outcomes for individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities through practice-based research
Confidentiality

All research data collected is only analyzed at the aggregate level. NASW PRN procedures are designed to protect the confidentiality of participating social workers and their clients.

Benefits of Participating in the PRN

  • Participate in research without intrusive and time-consuming administrative protocols
  • Preserve commitment to quality social work practice
  • Advance the field of knowledge on practice issues of critical importance to clinicians, clients, and policymakers about the social work profession
  • Receive regular communication about the latest findings
  • Network with other PRN participants during the Meeting of the Profession
Results of the Second Survey

The second NASW PRN survey was completed during Fall 2002, based on a random sample of 2000 NASW regular members. Preliminary analysis of the data has revealed some interesting findings (these files require Adobe Acrobat Reader):

Results of the First Survey

The initial NASW PRN survey was completed during Summer 2000, based on a random sample of 2000 NASW regular members. Preliminary analysis of the data has revealed some interesting findings (these files require Adobe Acrobat Reader):

 
 
 
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