Assessment and Evaluation of SW Macro Practice Skills: Practice Wisdom From the Field #MacroSW Twitter Chat 9-24-2015 at 9pm EST

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Join in on this week’s #MacroSW Twitter chat as Rachel West and Sunya Folayan co-host this chat hosted at the beginning of the academic year as new learning agreements are developed in schools of social work around the country.

Today’s increasingly evidence- based climate reflects a shift in social work education that is driven by many complex sociopolitical factors affecting the profession. Field education for Macro practice competencies are defined as complex behaviors that reflect student’s integration and analysis of knowledge, values and practice skills (CSWE). Scholarly literature in social work has focused mostly on clinical (micro) practice among most professions including social work (Reheher, Bogo, Donovan, Anstice, & Lim, 2012). Fewer articles address the competencies necessary for community organization, advocacy, legislative and management practice: the historical underpinnings of social work. (Netting, Kettner, & McMurtry, 2008). While the Network for Social Work Managers has developed a core set of competencies for Social Work managers (Wimpheimer, 2004), some evidence suggests these competencies are not uniformly taught in MSW programs. As macro practitioners and field instructors, It is important to articulate a set of advanced competencies, implement them into MSW curricula, and design ways to measure how students are increasing in their understanding and development of these competencies throughout their educational process (Regher, et al.).


  1. What are the meta competencies?
  2. What are the procedural competencies?
  3. How are macro instructors and field educators assess student learning?
  4. What competencies are critical to micro, mezzo and macro practice?
  5. How important is leadership skill development in macro practice field education?
  6. How do field and classroom instructors prepare students to address ethical dilemmas unique to community practice?
  7. How closely aligned are social work student’s learning agreements with macro practice skill development and evaluation?


  • Harding, D.( 2004). Guidelines for ethical practice in community organization. Social Work, 49(4), 595-604.
  • Hassan, A., Waldman W., & Wimpfheimer, S. (2013). Human Services Management Competencies: A Guide for Non-profit and For Profit Agencies, Foundations and Academic Institutions. Retrieved from
  • Holosko, M., Thyer, B., & Danner, J. (2009). Ethical guidelines for designing and conducting evaluations of social work practice. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 6(4), 348-360.
  • Netting, F., Kettner, P., McMurtry, S., (2008). Social work macro practice. (4th ed). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Regher, C., Bogo, M., Donovan, K., Lim, A., Regher, G. (2012). Evaluating a scale to measure student competencies in macro social work practice. Journal of Social Services Research, 38(1), 100-109.
  • Regehr, C., Bogo, M., Donovan, K., Lim, A., & Anstice, S. (2012). Identifying student competencies in macro practice: Articulating the practice wisdom of field instructors. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(2), 307-319.
  • Wimpfheimer, S. (2004). Leadership and management competencies defined by practicing social work managers. Administration in Social Work, 28(1), 45-56.

About us:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out: Our collaborators include:

  • Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
  • Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University, @karenzgoda
  • Rachel West, The Political Social Worker, @poliSW
  • University at Buffalo School of Social Work, @ubssw
  • Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc., @SunyaFolayan
  • Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham,@Laurelhitchcock
  • Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant, @porndaughter

We wish to acknowledge the contribution of our founding members, the University of Southern California School of Social Work and Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), who were participants during our first year of chats.


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