Mission, Vision, and Values


The Society for Social Work and Research was incorporated in 1994 as a freestanding organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research.  SSWR works collaboratively with a number of other organizations that are committee to improving support for research among social workers.  Our members include faculty in schools of social work and other professional schools, research staff in public and private agencies, and masters/doctoral students.

SSWR’s more than 1,900 members come from 45 states in the United States as well as from 15 countries.

SSWR’s members represent more than 200 universities and institutions.


The Society for Social Work and Research advances, disseminates, and translates research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, just, and equitable society.


The Society for Social Work and Research fully endorses the core values of the social work profession as ensconced in the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics[1]: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

Shared values:

  • Rigorous Research for Social Justice
    • High quality, rigorous research is essential for promoting a just and equitable society.
  • Ethical Research
    • Social work researchers should be held to the highest ethical standards.
  • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Social work practice must be based on the best available evidence.
  • Interdisciplinary Research
    • Collaboration of researchers across disciplines improves the quality and impact of research.
  • Capacity Building
    • Research training and mentoring is necessary throughout a social work researcher’s career.
  • Collaboration
    • Collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders (e.g., communities, policymakers, clients, and other stakeholders.) improves the quality of both research and practice.

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