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Social Work Policy & Practice

Resources for information about social work policy and practice.


This guide is designed as a starting place for students in SWRK 5702: Social Policy. You may want to use other parts of this guide when doing your policy research, especially the specific policy area pages (Economic Justice, Community Development, Aging, etc.) but the resources below are suggested starting places.

Gathering Background Information

Finding Scholarly Articles

See the "Finding Research Articles on Policy" tab on this guide for more options. Below are the databases to start with. If you are looking for articles that assess the efficacy or efficiency of a program or policy, try the following search strategy.

Combine a term that describes your program or policy (e.g. homelessness) with one of the following terms:

  • evaluation
  • program evaluation
  • assessment
  • social impact assessment
  • research
  • evaluation research
  • outcomes

News, Think Tanks & Policy Organizations

See the "News Sources & Think Tanks" tab on this guide for a listing of some major think tanks concerned with a wide range of issues. See the tab on the guide that most closely matches your topic for more organizations and government entities that may care about policy on your topic. In addition to these and the sources below, you can absolutely search on the web, but be sure to check Media Bias/Fact Check and/our scour the organizations website and about pages to make sure you're aware of the organization's point of view and/or advocacy initiatives.

Legislative & Government Resources

Statistics & Data