Journal Article

How Using a Marketing Approach Helps Social Work Students to Develop Community Projects Successfully

Amnon Boehm and Anat Freund

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 4, pages 695-714
Published in print June 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch326
How Using a Marketing Approach Helps Social Work Students to Develop Community Projects Successfully

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With only one academic year in which to develop a community project, social work students can hardly gain the experience they need in this field, while providing their clients with a suitable service. The present study investigates the relationship between implementation of the marketing approach and the successful execution of a community project. Four aspects of this issue are probed: adherence to the programme implementation plan, the programme’s effectiveness, its contribution to the organization it is intended to serve, and client empowerment. Participants were 146 social work students at a university in Israel; the findings show a statistically significant connection between the market variables and each of the project’s success variables. On the multivariable level, all the success variables proved to be clearly influenced by different market variables. The application of a marketing approach by social work students undergoing their training in community practice is discussed.

Keywords: marketing; students; community projects

Journal Article.  7674 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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