Frequently Asked Questions About Benchmarking Data

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding CSWE's benchmarking data services.
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    The benchmarking initiative was started through the NADD Benchmarking Committee, which included members of CSWE, BPD, and GADE. The committee identified a series of questions, which were administered by CSWE through the Annual Survey of Social Work Programs.

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    CSWE has the only benchmarking services that specifically analyze social work education data. Other existing services focus on higher education or social work-related concepts.
     

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    See our hypothetical examples for some ways these reports can be used to meet administrative, research, and recruitment goals.

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    CSWE uses the most current results from its Annual Survey of Social Work Programs to generate all benchmarking reports. All discounted report packages are fulfilled using the same calendar year’s Annual Survey statistics. Benchmarking reports are compiled exclusively for the use of the ordering institution.
     

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    Like any benchmarking data, statistics from these reports should not be used in a vacuum. CSWE Benchmarking Data should be used in concert with other administrative, research, and recruitment analytical methods to inform and make decisions. All social work program data is also self-reported, so CSWE can only attest to the accuracy of how supplied statistics are presented. In addition, to maintain a program’s anonymity, CSWE will aggregate individual institutions requested.

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    CSWE accreditation decisions are an autonomous process, and the CSWE Benchmarking Initiative is an independent entity. Benchmarking reports are designed to be an analytical tool that programs can use as a comparison to others, not as a means to measure knowledge or skills.

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    A social work program’s peer group can be determined by its Institutional Auspice (if a college/university identifies as a public state/other or private denominational/other institution); by CSWE Region (system that aggregates states into regions); or by Carnegie Classification (classification of colleges and universities based on undergraduate/graduate instructional program classifications, enrollment, and size/setting).

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    Unfortunately, payment in installments is not an option. CSWE needs full payment to fund the resources needed to generate all reports for purchase. Purchase orders are not a valid form of payment.

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    Please anticipate up to 30 business days for every benchmarking report ordered, after full payment is received. Portions of discounted packages cannot be delayed to pay for report requests beyond the current year of available statistics.

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