Past Research Conferences

Population Development in Western China: How Evidence-Based Approaches Can Support Informed Decision-Making

Organized by the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services and sponsored by Southwest University
November 21-22, 2011
Sichuan, China

Participants discussed issues related to evidence-based social work practice and the use of evidence-based clearinghouses in research and education. An invitational conference, the gathering included the top schools of social work in China and other stakeholders, such as select social work organizations and government agencies.

Shaping a Science of Social Work

Hosted by the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services
May 23-24, 2011

An invitational conference that was open to a select group of experts in the field of social work, this gathering sought to define the identity and scientific underpinnings of the profession. Discussion surrounded the domains, core constructs and characteristics of a science of social work, as well as its historical development, philosophical foundation, and ontological, epistemological and methodological frameworks. Participants also discussed social work education from the perspective of a science of social work, as well as the European viewpoint.

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Fourth Conference on International Social Work

Hosted by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
March 25-27, 2011

Scholars and practitioners committed to integrating international social work into academic programs and the profession gathered to discuss innovations in teaching, curriculum, research evidence, and the exchange of social work skills and knowledge between nations and cultures. Topics of discussion included disaster relief interventions, international adoption, social work with immigrants and refugees, global policy development, evidence-based practice, increasing student engagement with global learning, and cross-cultural transportability of social work knowledge and skills.

Stockholm Conference on Outcome Studies of Social, Behavioral, and Educational Interventions

Sponsored by the Swedish Council on Working Life & Social Research and the Swedish National Board of Health & Welfare in collaboration with the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services
February 7-8, 2011
Stockholm, Sweden

This conference offered leading scholars an opportunity to address practical, ethical, cultural and scientific factors that influence outcome studies of interventions. Papers presented at the conference featured insights into the core characteristics of outcome research, key issues that confront outcome researchers, ethical considerations, alternative designs for outcome studies and infrastructure issues. Several research reports also offered real-world examples of outcome studies, providing a lens through which to examine the issues surrounding research on intervention outcomes.

Los Angeles Conference on Intervention Research in Social Work

Hosted by the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services in collaboration with the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research
October 22-23, 2009

Intervention research in social work is the study of social, mental health and health services interventions, which aim to improve the conditions of individuals, groups and communities. Outcomes of intervention research and the process of evidence-based social work practice are the backbone of evidence-based interventions/treatments. Participants explored the state of science in social work intervention research, specifically to summarize achievements and formulate future challenges.

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National Conference on Evidence-Based Practice

Sponsored by the Institute of Population Research at Peking University and organized by the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services
March 2008
Beijing, China

The conference was designed to introduce the science and practice of evidence-based practice and systematic research reviews to key stakeholder groups in China. This was the first of several national meetings and events that ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Chinese Clearinghouse for Evidence-Based Practice and Policy.

Stockholm Conference on Implementation and Translational Research

Sponsored by the Swedish National Institute for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice and the Swedish National Institute of Public Health in collaboration with the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services
October 15-16, 2007
Stockholm, Sweden

Participants presented and discussed the core theoretical concepts and definitions of research on diffusion of innovations, implementation and translational research, in addition to outlining its historical evolution. The gathering focused on the core issues of implementation and translational research in the context of organizational and policy settings and offered real-world examples of implications for social work education and practice placements. The consensus among participants was that the development of a standardized glossary for implementation and translational research would be critical to avoid terminological confusion, given the diverse and global nature of the emerging field.

Sixth International Campbell Collaboration Colloquium: Producing Systematic Reviews of Evidence: Debates, Standards and Examples

Hosted by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and sponsored by the American Institutes for Research and the Jerry Lee Foundation
February 22-24, 2006

Participants from more than 20 nations and five continents discussed the creation and synthesis of research evidence in an effort to improve interventions in education, crime and justice, and social welfare. The attendees from government and social agencies, universities, research institutes, foundations and nonprofit organizations reviewed the process of generating systematic research reviews and discussed ways to better meet the needs of policy makers and practitioners with the ultimate goal of improving services for the world’s most vulnerable populations.