The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 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 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Here are some resources culled from Twitter hashtag #FergusonSyllabus:
- The Social Work Response to Ferguson: #MacroSW Twitter Chat for October 9, 2014 (via #MacroSW chat archive on Storify)
- Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching About Ferguson (via The Root)
- #FergusonSyllabus and Teaching Resources by Discipline (via City University of New York Office of Career Planning and Professional Development)
- Teaching about Ferguson (via Teaching for Change) – Lessons and content on police brutality, history of racism, international human rights, militarization of police, student fear and resilience, and housing inequality
- Ferguson Syllabus (via Sociologists for Justice)
- Resources for Addressing Ferguson in the Classroom (via Education Week Teacher)
- Teaching the #FergusonSyllabus (via Dissent Magazine)
- #FergusonSyllabus (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- #FergusonSyllabus: The #FergusonFiasco and Teaching African American Theology (via Wabash Center Race Matters in the Classroom)
Igniting the Fire: Creating and Sustaining Innovation in Macro Social Work Practice #MacroSW 10/23, 9pm EST
- How do we build macro social work innovation?
- How do we build macro social work in a sustainable way?
- Lots of individual shops, but not working together
- Even when working together, where is quality?
- How can macro social workers become more influential? How can we lead the conversations?
- How can social workers make an impact NOW?
- Development, Impact, & You (DIY): Practical Tools to Trigger & Support Social Innovation
- Innovation in Social Work: Where Does it Come From?
- If Steve Jobs Had Been a Social Worker
#MacroSW chats is a live Twitter chat the focuses on macro social work practice. It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 9:00 PM EST. The chat is a collaboration between the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), University of Southern California – School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo – School of Social Work, The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), and Karen Zgoda, Instructor at Bridgewater State University.
(Editor’s note: I am a copy editor at JSWVE)
The term papers will be collected by the JSWVE editorial board and judged by a board of professionals not associated with JSWVE. Winning papers will be published in the Fall 2015 issue of the Journal.
Details for the contest are:
- Must have a central theme of social work values or social work ethics
- Must be written as an MSW or BSW student (student may have graduated)
- Must be nominated by a faculty member (the nominating professor’s name will be published)
- Must follow the general manuscript submission guidelines found at
- Must be in APA citation style (except NO headers, NO footers, and NO page numbers)
- Deadline for submission: May 15, 2015
- Paper must be submitted by email to email@example.com with a copy sent to
- Winning term papers will be published in The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics in the fall
issues of 2015.
- Judges will be professionals who are NOT associated with the JSWVE editorial board
Judging criteria will include:
- Demonstration of Critical Thinking
- Relevance to Theme of Social Work Values and Ethics
- Relevance and Interest of Essay to Social Work Students, Practitioners, and/or Academics
- Coverage of the Topic
- Use of Relevant, Scholarly Citations
- Coherence (flow of ideas)
- Quality of Writing (literary competence, spelling, grammar, organization)
- Originality (of topic, ideas, and/or arguments)
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:
- What are the current goals of the program? What does the literature say about this phenomenon in terms of program intervention?
- 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?
- What type of design makes the most sense and why?
- What type of data collection tools would be most appropriate?
- How will the evaluation address culture and social contexts?
- What limitations will this evaluation present? What obstacles might evaluators encounter and how would one counter these obstacles?
- Having already identified the primary stakeholders, how would one disseminate the results of the program evaluation?