Published January 8, 2021
Congratulation to Assistant Professor Melanie Sage, Clinical Associate Professor Louanne Bakk, Associate Professor Annette Semanchin Jones, Dean Nancy J. Smyth, and their colleagues on the publishing of their article, "Professional collaboration networks as a social work research practice innovation: Preparing DSW students for knowledge dissemination roles in a digital society" in Research on Social Work Practice.
Sage, M., Hitchcock, L. I., Bakk, L., Young, J., Michaeli, D., Semanchin Jones, A., & Smyth, N. J. (2020). Professional collaboration networks as a social work research practice innovation: Preparing DSW students for knowledge dissemination roles in a digital society. Research on Social Work Practice.
In professional disciplines, gaps often exist between research and practice. This occurs because of a lack of information exchange between stakeholders about various knowledge of problems and solutions. Implementation science offers systematic strategies for addressing gaps. One potential way to close gaps is by using professional collaboration networks (PCNs), which are technology-mediated, user-centered relationship constellations designed to enhance connections and professional opportunities. These participatory networks are goal-specific, extending across disciplinary and international borders. PCN users can keep current on empirical developments, disseminate knowledge, connect to others for collaboration and mentoring, and expand in-person networks. They allow social workers to contribute their unique knowledge of social systems across interdisciplinary contexts and contribute to conversations about social. This article explores the development of PCNs as a tool for social work researchers, practitioners, and students. PCNs in social work education are explored, including relevance to lifelong professional learning and enhancing research impact.