Our game plan is to advance social work, policy and research. We're doing things differently.
We're using the 'living lab' approach. This means we bring progress researchers, practitioners, policy people, and anyone who engages with social work and related professions to co-design projects. It's not your typical academia. We're transgressing the lines drawn between us to bring a fresh perspective to complex problems and the solutions they need.
This way, we know what’s happening ‘on the ground.’ We know what social workers think will work, and what policies our governments might enact. We are adaptable and responsive. Our work is interdisciplinary.
Our research environment is informed by appreciative inquiry and participatory action research. We offer evidence that has the power to promote social justice values and shape our future workforce through knowledge, education, and professional development.
Across it all, we design better prevention, intervention and services. We change policy and practice. We educate and mentor the future of social workers. And we help to empower and uplift individuals, families and communities.