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Evaluating Practice: #MacroSW Twitter Chat 7/10 at 9pm EST

July 10, 2014

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What are best practices in evaluating practice? What have you found to be helpful in integrating evaluation into your practice? What do you need to be better at evaluating practice? Join us as we discuss evaluating practice and share best practices!

Chat discussion questions:

  1. What are the current goals of the program? What does the literature say about this phenomenon in terms of program intervention?
  2. What kinds of data will evaluators need? What is readily available? Are government statistics relevant, for example? Does the agency keep data that might be useful? With whom might evaluators want to gather information? Agency directors? Middle-level staff? Clients?
  3. What type of design makes the most sense and why?
  4. What type of data collection tools would be most appropriate?
  5. How will the evaluation address culture and social contexts?
  6. What limitations will this evaluation present? What obstacles might evaluators encounter and how would one counter these obstacles?
  7. Having already identified the primary stakeholders, how would one disseminate the results of the program evaluation?

 

Engaging Modern Social Workers in Community Practice: #macrosw 4/10 at 9pm EST

April 7, 2014

“Collaboration is an unnatural action among non-consenting adults.” Eugene Bardach (as cited in Chever, Clifton, & Hogan, 2005)

For our next #macrosw Twitter chat, we’ll be focusing on collaboration as an example of macro social work practice. As you may know, I conducted a long-term, qualitative evaluation of an interagency collaboration program called Charlestown Connects for my dissertation. The Charlestown Connects program sought to improve community outcomes via interagency collaboration between local government and nonprofit agencies. Building on a prior evaluation, this study examined how the processes involved in the Charlestown Connects interagency collaboration evolved and long-term intervention effects. Using qualitative interviews with program stakeholders and observations of community meetings sponsored by Charlestown Connects, this study provides guidance on improving interagency collaborations for social workers and others engaging in community work. Major findings include the impact of interagency collaboration relationship building, an examination of factors and processes that helped grow and sustain the collaboration, and implications for the role macro social work may play in leading community infrastructure rebuilding efforts in the future.

Questions for discussion:

  1. How can macro social workers make an impact in our communities?
  2. How do we engage modern social workers in community practice work?
  3. How can social workers help rebuild community communication infrastructure?
  4. What resources do you need to get more involved in community work?

Resources:

Chat partners:

UPDATE: Complete chat archive here! Here are some chat highlights:

 UPDATE: More chat highlights here:

TWITTER #MacroSW Chat – Jobs gleaned 4-10-14

The Next Seven Weeks, c/o Rodney Dangerfield

March 22, 2014

Between resubmitting dissertation revisions (for those of you counting at home it has now been a year of back and forth edits…ugh) and working five jobs this semester, life RAM and morale are pretty low these days. It will likely stay this way for the next seven weeks when teaching two courses will end. Couldn’t have said it better myself:

RIP Rodney!

#MacroSW Twitter Chats Start Tonight at 9pm EST!

March 13, 2014

YOU’RE INVITED!

THIS WEEK: Discussion of the Rothmann Report. As described by Rachel West:

Over the past year I have written often about the findings in the Rothman Report, which you can read below. The report found that macro social work is in trouble. Schools of social work are increasingly cutting out macro focused courses, there are few macro field placements available, and faculty and administration are actively discouraging students from pursuing community practice work.

Following the publication of the report, ACOSA formed a commission that was tasked with expanding on the research in the report and coming up with solutions to the concerns raised. Recently the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) wrote an article about the Rothman Commision. You can find that article here.

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UPDATE:  Read the chat transcript here: View the story “#MacroSW Chat Recap (3/13/14)” on Storify

The Teachers

February 24, 2014

Some respect, c/o The Teachers:

All of you former students: you did not design curricula, plan lessons, attend faculty meetings, assess papers, design rubrics, create exams, prepare report cards, and monitor attendance. You did not tutor students, review rough drafts, and create study questions. You did not assign homework. You did not write daily lesson objectives on the white board. You did not write poems of the week on the white board. You did not write homework on the white board. You did not learn to write legibly on the white board while simultaneously making sure that none of your students threw a chair out a window.

You did not design lessons that succeeded. You did not design lessons that failed.

My favorite teaching moment from last week:

In both of the research methods classes I am teaching this semester, we are operationalizing variables, a phrase I have trouble saying out loud properly because I  get nervous sometimes while teaching and seriously, operationalizing is a crazy word to try and say. Basically when operationalizing a variable, we indicate how we define the variable and identify indicators so it can be tested or measured. I put social conformity on the board and asked the class to operationalize it. From the corner of the room a student yelled out:

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Bravo. Brilliant! And for good measure, a friend recently gave me this shirt. ❤ Super-psyched to be teaching this semester!

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2013 in Review

January 6, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Back to School Guide for Social Work Students eBook Published!

September 10, 2013

Update February 2014: Now available in the iBooks store!

Update: We got a wonderful testimonial from a reader!

“As a former admissions director in a school of social work, I spent lots of time looking for resources to best prepare incoming students for their studies and new careers. Years later, I’m delighted to discover this recently-released publication by Linda Grobman and Karen Zgoda. Contained in this book are the kinds of resources I’d tried to assemble for new social workers becoming acclimated to the scholarship and service of the profession. Needless to say, I’ll be sharing this important publication with colleagues and students enrolled in my social work courses.”
– Jeff T. Steen, LCSW, PhD student, adjunct instructor, New York University

The NEW SOCIAL WORKER® Magazine’s Back-to-School Guide for Social Work Students eBook is now available! I’m so excited to share this new eBook with you!

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Here is a word from the Publisher:

If you are a social work student, we have the new guide you need…our “hot off the press” THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER Magazine’s Back-to-School Guide for Social Work Students, edited by Linda Grobman and Karen Zgoda. This e-book is available now in Kindle format at: http://www.amazon.com/WORKER®-Magazines–School-Students-ebook/dp/B00EZAXVJ8/

You can download the e-book in other formats at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/355823

You can read contributions from:

  • Jonathan Singer, TIP: Go the Distance
  • Erlene Grise-Owens, Traveling Toward a Social Work Degree: 10 Road-Tested Trip-Tips
  • Allan Barsky, TIP: Ask for Honest Feedback
  • Liz Fisher, Nicole Reed, Loran Stough, and Matt Tracey, Making the Most of Field Seminar
  • Kryss Shane, TIP: Get To Know Your Classmates
  • Marian Swindell, 11 Tips for Professional Behavior in the Classroom
  • Addison Cooper, TIP: “So What I Hear You Saying Is…”
  • Ellen Belluomini, TIP: Minimize Distractions to Increase Your Focus and Attention
  • Brad Forenza, TIP: You Can Get Clinical Licensure With a Macro Concentration
  • Mozart Guerrier, TIP: Focus on Your Purpose and Imagine Your Perfect World
  • Karen Allen, What Is an Ethical Dilemma?
  • Sonya Hunte, TIP: Build Authentic Relationships
  • Kathy Black, Considerations in Writing a Literature Review
  • Dorlee M., TIP: Got Therapy? We All Have Wounds…
  • Stephen Marson, TIP: When in Crisis, See Your Advisor
  • Denice Goodrich Liley, TIP: If I Could Do This Over
  • Jerry Finn, To Once and Future Research Students
  • Mike Langlois, TIP: Change the World
  • Jeff Baxter, What I Have Learned About Learning
  • Ogden Rogers, TIP: Get the Ticket—Take the Ride!
  • And yours truly :)
    • SW 2.0: How to Communicate Effectively With Your Professor
    • Back to School Resolution: Avoid Common APA Mistakes
    • (Ctrl + C) + (Ctrl + V) = Homework NOT Finished

The photos on the cover are from my dissertation stream on Instagram.

Please share and help spread the word to all social work students. Hope you enjoy this new guide and find it helpful. Have a great semester!

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