Social Work Research: Sustaining Infrastructure, Culture, and Capacity

Ruth G. McRoy, Jerry P. Flanzer and Joan Levy Zlotnik

in Building Research Culture and Infrastructure

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399646
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932757 | DOI:

Series: Building Social Work Research Capacity

Social Work Research: Sustaining Infrastructure, Culture, and Capacity

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This final chapter identifies challenges and offers possible solutions and strategies for assessing a school’s research culture, capacity and operations. It highlights the resources, environment, and institutional commitment needed in departments and schools of social work to help maintain and continue to expand the research culture and research capacity despite changes in faculty, leadership and funding streams. Factors to consider in hiring deans, senior faculty, research administrators are presented. Suggestions are provided for sustaining research productivity including hiring “research faculty”, role of post-docs, involving students on research teams, celebrating research gains, handling faculty resistance, and maintaining research funding.

Keywords: funding streams; resources; institutional commitment; community-engaged research; interdisciplinary research; transition planning; sustaining infrastructure

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