What We Do
Research is key to the continued development of the theory and knowledge base of social work practice. The AASW supports the undertaking of research as a key activity to build and maintain the mission of the social work profession.
Research is a essential area of social work practice and is one of the six objectives included in the AASW Practice Standards for Social Workers which identifies that ‘client needs, organisational goals and social policy are addressed through the application of the social worker’s values, knowledge and skills in the research process’ (AASW 2003 p6).
How do I submit a research proposal?
- Who needs to seek approval for research activities from the AASW?
- What you need to submit?
- Research application form
- Checklist for research applications
- The criteria for AASW decision-making about research support
- AASW expectations about reporting of progress and completion of projects within which it is engaged.
- Progress report template
- The role of the AASW research committee
Framework Governing AASW Research
The AASW supports research that complies with key AASW and National Guidelines, including:
- AASW Code of Ethics
- National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans
- AASW strategic and operational goals
- AASW Practice Standards for Social Workers
Current Research Project
- A research project by the ACU (Strathfield) is currently underway on "How can the AASW engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers in effective and sustainable ways?" Bindi Bennett the principal investigator is currently seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers to participate in this research project. For further information and details of how you can participate click here.
The AASW also awards annual research grants to support a research project in an area of social work practice. To find out more click here.
If you have any queries please email us.