The Society for Social Work and Research was incorporated in 1994 as a free-standing organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research. SSWR works collaboratively with a number of other organizations that are committed 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:

  1. encourages the design, implementation and dissemination of rigorous research that enhances knowledge about critical social work practice and social policy problems and advances social welfare practices and programs;
  2. fosters a trans-disciplinary inter-professional support network of investigators conducting research on social work practice and social policy in the United States and around the world;
  3. provides learning opportunities to improve the conduct of social work-relevant research and its application;
  4. promotes practices and policies grounded in an evidence-base;
  5. supports increased research funding and training programs for social work researchers;
  6. provides formal recognition of significant contributions to social work-relevant research; and
  7. seeks active partnerships with other social work and research-related organizations to accomplish all of the above.