Inter-governmental and Inter-organizational Relationships

V. Policy Analysis

We examine the causal texture of inter-governmental and interorganizational relationships and the impact on communities, agencies, staff and consumers to identify opportunities for advocacy. Theories of organizational change are examined to influence programs and policies that impact broader community and societal issues. Strategic collaboration and advocacy strategies are explored with an emphasis on social work roles in policy practice.

Required readings:

Austin, M. (2018). Social work management practice 1917- 2017: A history to inform the future. 

Social Service Review, December, 2018.

Bailey, D. & Kelly-McNully, K. (1996). Inter-organizational community-based collaboratives: A

strategic response to shape the social work agenda. Social Work, 41, 602-610.

Gatenio-Gabel, S. (2016). A Rights-based Approach to Social Policy Analysis, Chapters 3-4

Wallerstein, N. et al (2018). Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing

Social and Health Equity, Third Edition. San Francisco, CA: Wiley. Chapters 1-4.


Trochim, W.M.K. (2009). Evaluation policy and evaluation practice. New Directions for

Evaluation, 123, 13:32

Additional readings: TBA

Research Team Case à Cause Advocacy & Policy Presentations Weeks 5-8 based on specializations in practice

VI. Focus on Populations at risk

We focus in-depth consideration and scholarly reflection with populations who are historically, disproportionately, and/or emerging as under-resourced and under-served and who may or may not be represented among consumer groups in public and private sector social care. 

Guest Presentation on Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Honorable William P. Warren, Supervising Justice Family Courts, New York State Unified Court Administration.

Required readings:

Gutierrez, L., Delois, K., & GlenMaye, L. (1995). Understanding empowerment practice:

Building on practitioner-based knowledge. Families in Society, 76, 534-542.

Pope. L., Hopper, K. et al. (2016). First Episode Incarceration: Creating a Recovery-Informed

Framework for Integrated Mental Health and Criminal Justice Responses. Vera Institute.

VII Advocacy and Systems Change

We focus on a detailed review of developing strategies and action plans to promote organizational change and community action within local, state and national contexts. Various models and strategies to promote community centered structurally competent change are explored. By focusing on specific vulnerable groups, fields of services, and cross-system innovations, we examine advocacy/systems change to address service gaps and emerging needs.


Center for Integrated Health Solutions (2014). Core competencies for integrated behavioral and primary care. Rockville, MD: SAMHSA-HRSA. s_Final.pdf

Delaney, R. et al (2018). Re-Imagining Prison. Vera Institute of Justice.

Hansen, H. & Metzl, J. (2016). Structural Competency in the U.S. Healthcare Crisis: Putting

Social and Policy Interventions into Clinical Practice. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry,13:179–183

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018). Improving Care to Prevent

Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Recommended Media:

Mary Bassett (2015). “Why your doctor should care about social justice.”

Nadine Burke Harris (2014). “How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime.”

Elyn Saks (2012). TED Talk “Seeing mental illness.” en 

VIII Globalization, 21st century challenges, Broadening the bandwidth on ethics


Allen, H. et al (2018). Social policy research in social work in the 21st century: The state of

scholarship and the profession. What is promising and what needs to be done. Social Service Review (December2018)

Flicker, S. et al. Everyday challenges in the life cycle of CBPR: Broadening the bandwidth on

ethics. In Wallerstein, N. et al (2018). Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity, Third Edition. San Francisco, CA: Wiley.            

HSRA Fact Sheet: Behavioral Health Workforce Projections, 2016-2030: Social Workers

Reisch, M. (2013). Social Work Education and the Neo-Liberal Challenge: The US Response to

Increasing Global Inequality. Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 32, No. 6, 715–733,

Websites of Interest: Research and advocacy newsletters recommended to be informed about current developments in policy research and evaluation. Based on specialized fields of practice, you may subscribe to free monthly newsletters from various sites.  – Annie E. Casey Foundation, See KIDSCOUNT Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  – Children’s Defense Fund   Institute for Research on Poverty    The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation  – UNICEF (see especially State of the World’s Children published annually)   – Child Welfare League of America  – US Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Information Gateway  – Administration for Children, Youth and Families, USDHHS  – NYC Administration for Children’s Services  – Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics  – National Center for Children in Poverty 

Sample of Policy Resources: New York State

  1. — SWRnet sign up for the listserv from Univ that often has policy updates
    1. — data on New York City
    1.  – racial equity bill in NYS
    1.  — call to action for Public Health
    1.  — latest from Vera Institute on Mass Incarceration  

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