Social Work M.S.W. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the MSW program is to prepare ethical, competent, advanced generalist social work leaders who are able to practice reflectively and autonomously in complex environments across system levels with diverse client groups. The Advanced Generalist Practice specialization prepares graduates to address questions, issues and problems across methods, systems, and fields of practice. As defined at the UNR School of Social Work, AGP is characterized by 1) leadership in innovative problem-solving and change; 2) autonomous practice; and 3) use of integrated, evidence-informed knowledge, values, and skills to address ambiguous, complex problems in an increasingly diverse and ever changing practice environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Initiate and facilitate socially responsive and just practices and policies across systems.
  • Provide social work leadership within practice contexts and as a member of the profession.
  • Cultivate and apply leadership qualities of self-awareness and other awareness.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Able to critique ethical issues within complex environments to formulate innovative responses and approaches.
  • Employ strategies of ethical reasoning in practice settings where policies or values conflict with the delivery of social work services, personal values, or professional ethics.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Question, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information from multiple sources in framing ill-defined, ever changing, multifaceted practice issues.
  • Question, evaluate, select, and implement appropriate assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies for use within complex, fluid, multidimensional practice situations.
  • Produce practice-ready presentations and documents (i.e., case presentations, intervention demonstrations, journal articles, grant applications, legislative briefs).
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Demonstrate leadership in collaboratively examining underlying assumptions and developing interculturally effective policies, programs and interventions.
  • Effectively navigate conflicts between diverse identities within and among individuals, families, groups and organizations.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Approach practice with an understanding of the complex and interrelated factors impacting power and oppression (i.e., interconnected--local, regional, national and global--factors, both historic and contemporary).
  • Identify, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to address policies, practices, and language that are discriminatory and oppressive.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Question and critically evaluate the strength and application of the evidence in regard to assumptions, context, and culture.
  • Employ evaluation frameworks in assessing the impact of interventions, programs, and policies.
  • Collaborate with the research enterprise in identifying and addressing questions emanating from the practice arena.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Integrate understandings from a variety of theoretical perspectives in formulating comprehensive, multidimensional assessments and interventions.
  • Identify and question underlying theoretical and ontological assumptions about human behavior guiding agency practices, programs, and policies.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Apply analytical frameworks to critically assess the intended and unintended outcomes of existing and proposed policies, especially with respect to vulnerable populations.
  • Formulate and advocate for policies that promote socially and economically just practices and services at all system levels.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Based on evidence, facilitate and formulate innovative responses within ambiguous and changing practice contexts.
  • Critically analyze and apply relevant data and emerging interventions and technologies to evolving practice contexts.
  • Analyze and effectively navigate contextual structures (e.g., power, resources) encountered in emerging practice contexts.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

10. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Attend to the interpersonal dynamics, cultural and contextual factors that support or threaten client-worker relationships.
  • Establish a relationally based process that encourages clients to be equal participants in the establishment of intervention goals and expected outcomes.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

11. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Adapt, modify and use multidimensional tools in conducting comprehensive, culturally effective, integrative case assessments.
  • Identify client system strengths and coping capacities.
  • Assess client system readiness for change.
  • Select and modify intervention strategies based on continuous evaluation and assessment.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

12. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Critically evaluate, select and apply best practices and evidence-informed interventions.
  • Capable of autonomous practice, in competently applying appropriate intervention techniques for a range of presenting issues, problems or questions.
  • Develop and implement collaborative multidisciplinary interventions.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

13. Evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Use process and outcome evaluation findings to inform and shape the ongoing development of social work interventions.
  • Work collaboratively with evaluators/researchers in identifying questions emanating from practice, as well as assessing intervention efficacy and effectiveness.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.