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The Evidence Base on the Social Service Workforce: Current Knowledge, Gaps and Future Research Direction

This new report from the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance aims to establish a clearer picture of the state of the current evidence, identify evidence gaps and suggest priority research needs.

Strengthening Uganda’s National Response for Implementation of Services for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (SUNRISE-OVC)

Working in close collaboration with national and local government structures, SUNRISE-OVC was focused on four result areas: 1) Local governments effectively plan, manage and coordinate implementation of comprehensive OVC Services at all levels; 2) Increased demand and utilization of OVC data and...

Preventing Carer Burnout: Inter-Mission Care and Rehabilitation Society (IMCARES)

This document looks at strategies to lessen the risk of carer burnout. It briefly reviews the approach developed and used by one faith-based organization to care for its staff and volunteers who work as carers in the community and also with the families of those living with HIV.

"What Are They Really Doing?" An exploration of student learning activities in field placement

Despite the fact that social work students consistently identify their field placement as having the greatest impact on their learning, research on learning activities used during placement and the impact on practice competency and social work identity is limited. The data were gathered from social...

The Purpose, Value and Structure of the Practicum in Higher Education: A literature review

This report discusses practicums and their important role in many of the professional courses in higher education. This research provides an overview of different ways in which the practicum has been conceptualized, implemented and evaluated in higher education.

Preferences for Working in Rural Clinics Among Trainee Health Professionals in Uganda: A discrete choice experiment

The article is an investigation regarding preferences for job characteristics among final year medical, nursing, pharmacy, and laboratory students at select universities in Uganda. Participants were administered a cadre-specific discrete choice experiment that elicited preferences for attributes of...

Building Capacity in Implementation Science Research Training at the University of Nairobi

This report follows a program implemented by the University of Nairobi, who leveraged resources from the Medical Education Partnership to develop an institutional program that provides training and mentoring in implementation science, builds relationships between researchers and implementers, and...

Are Non-Traditional Social Work Placements Second-Best Learning Opportunities for Social Work Qualifying Students?

The research highlights experiences and perspectives of student social workers, project leaders and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to meet the six key roles, and demonstrate working with the legal framework, risk awareness, and management and assessment skills. It also considers how the...

Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making in Education

This paper uses RAND research to show how schools and districts are analyzing achievement test results and other types of data to make decisions to improve student success. It examines data-driven decision-making (DDDM) policies and suggests future research in the field.

Para-Social Work to Address Most Vulnerable Children in Sub-Sahara Africa: A case example in Tanzania

This article describes training and utilization of para-social workers to the social service needs of children and families. These supervised para-professional community based staff and volunteers can fill gaps in serving the needs of children and families, particularly where social welfare systems...

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