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About Us: Research for Results

The Social Work Research Center was established in 2004 to promote evidence-based research, practice, and policy in the child welfare, health/mental health, and juvenile justice domains. We engage in team-based science to innovate new directions in research and evaluation that are responsive, meaningful, family-engaged, and community-centered. Our team is comprised of interdisciplinary scholars from education, social work, anthropology, sociology, public health, and statistical sciences. We also provide opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of social work research. Students at the BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. levels have been supported with internships and research assistantships at SWRC.

A group photo of the SWRC team. From left to right, Sunil Butler, Katie Golieb, Milena Cassamassima, Sam Bruik, Lauren Alessi, and Marc Winokur.

Get To Know SWRC

Watch this brief video to hear from Social Work Research Center staff and community partners about how SWRC improves the lives of Coloradoans.

Audio Described version of “The Social Work Research Center at Colorado State University”

Areas of Expertise

Over the past 19 years, SWRC’s research partnerships have led the way for practice shifts in Colorado and nationally. We are proud to have longstanding collaborations with community-based organizations; inter-university centers; and county, state, and federal agencies.

Child Maltreatment Prevention
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Child and Youth Well-Being
Child and Youth Well-Being
Family Strengthening
Family Strengthening
Data Equity
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Selected Current Projects

Our Mission

The mission of CSU’s Social Work Research Center is to create university–practice partnerships that bridge the gap between research and practice, transform the human services landscape, and strengthen families and communities.  As an applied research center, SWRC uplifts “research for results.” Our collaborative, agile, and equity-oriented approaches are what set us apart.

  • $15+ Million in external funding since 2004
  • Long-standing research partnerships Applied Research in Child Welfare is a 19-year collaboration with Colorado state and county departments of human services
  • 30+ Articles in peer-reviewed journals and 60+ presentations at conferences around the world

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Contact Us

Interested in learning more about our services? Have questions about research and evaluation? Connect with us to discuss your existing programs and help you make smart decisions that best meet your needs.

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