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Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative

Click here to access a recording of a Q&A webinar with prospective applicants on March 17, 2016.

The Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice (FSPEP) and the Casey Family Programs have provided generous funding to CSWE to create the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative. This project is intended to seed innovation and develop new models for an integrated approach to heighten the policy skill set of all undergraduate and graduate level social work students, regardless of specialization. Social workers can greatly improve the effectiveness of policy and service efforts designed to ameliorate persistent poverty and growing inequality if all social workers, regardless of specialization, are better prepared to understand and act on the policy implications of their work on a daily basis.

This initiative will solicit and fund projects from interested schools of social work that enrich and expand policy-related field placements and advance, strengthen, and increase the value and quantity of policy practice experiences for students of social work regardless of their specialization or degree. In addition to improving student knowledge and application of policy-related skills, the project also helps deepen students' ability to understand and analyze the intersections of race, ethnicity, and poverty within a policy context.

To accomplish these goals, CSWE awarded grants for the following opportunities:

  • Developing or enhancing field placement experiences in policy practice
  • Creating policy-related community engagement experiences for students outside of field

Selection Process

A work group comprising representatives of the FSPEP, CSWE staff members, members of CSWE’s Council on Field Education, and the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors advised and guided the overall effort and helped select awardees. Support was also provided by members of the CSWE's Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural  Diversity.