Program Development/Evaluation

Ensuring best practice and approaches is key to the success of any social work professional or agency, including social work education itself. In order to provide the best and most appropriate services, social work professionals should continuously assess their own work and the programs in which they participate to ensure lasting self-improvement and the best outcomes for clients and professionals alike.

Current Projects

Administered through the UB School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides funding to 8 designated Social Services staff for tuition and books for their MSW degree.
The study aims to evaluate the impact of a pilot program at Hillside Family of Agencies called Family-Driven Planning. This program was developed to strengthen the supportive connections for youth with developmental disabilities. This mixed-methods evaluation will examine whether Family Driven Planning increases the quantity and quality of supportive adults and increases the overall life satisfaction of young adults in the program. This evaluation will also include a cost analysis of the Family Driven Planning model.   
In 2003, the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) and the New York State Dean’s Consortium of Schools of Social Work formed a partnership to address plans for the integration of evidence-based practices (EBP) into the graduate level social work curriculum. The University at Buffalo School of Social Work was designated under this grant to develop and implement an EBP Seminar Course, colloquia and prototype “recovery-based” field placements at schools of social work in New York State.
The goal of this project is to synthesize current literature, statistics, and services across eight counties of Western NY regarding trauma experience in the community of women and children. Data will be analyzed and compiled in order to foster development of a request for proposals (rfp) to foster research and programs to address trauma for women and children in western NY. A final report will include a comprehensive list of services and programs directed at helping women and children recover from the effects of trauma in Western NY.