Macro Social Work
Introductory Guide to Macro Social Work
By Kaitlin Louie
Macro social work is a broad field that centers on the investigation of larger scale social problems, and the development and implementation of social interventions that aim to effect positive change at the community, state, and national levels. Macro social work encompasses such practices as social work research, program development for small and large communities, program evaluation, community-based education initiatives, policy analysis and advocacy, non-profit administration and leadership, and organizational development.
Due to the wide variety of responsibilities and roles that fall under macro social work, social workers in this field can work in many different settings, including but not limited to political advocacy groups, universities and other research institutions, non-profits and volunteer organizations, and government think tanks. Specific macro social work roles include but are not limited to policy advocates and analysts, community and human services specialists, program development specialists, and research associates and analysts. Macro social workers typically collaborate with a larger team of researchers, advocates, activists, analysts, educators, and/or government employees.
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Compiler: Fateme Mohammady
Published on the specialized media of Iranians social work