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Social workers in research typically tend to be academics with postgraduate degrees in social work.  Research provides the framework for effective practice.  Although considered an art by some, social work is also a science based on evidence.  Collecting data and using research-based knowledge helps to predict the outcomes of successful social work practice.  Research helps to develop and refine concepts and determine whether a certain program or a specific practice style is effective in making social change.  Social work research is disseminated through professional journals, books, conference presentations, and classrooms.

Potential Employers:
•  Schools of social work
•  Government agencies
•  Foundations
•  Think tanks

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