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Every day for more than a century, social

workers have been on the front lines finding

innovative ways to address our nation's toughest

social problems. In 2016, the American Academy

of Social Work & Social Welfare launched the

Grand Challenges for Social Work to harness the

ingenuity, expertise, dedication, and creativity

of individuals and organizations within the field

of social work and beyond to champion social

progress powered by science.

This ambitious effort actually began several

years earlier, with the creation of a strong,

evidence-based foundation for the initiative.

A founding Executive Committee - which

included some of the nation's leading scientists,

educators, and policy experts - reached out

across the profession and developed strategic

partnerships with social work's national

organizations, interest groups, and academic

entities. The committee then issued a broad

call for ideas for large-scale challenges to tackle

and ultimately distilled a list of more than

80 submitted concepts down to the 12 Grand

Challenges for Social Work. Their criteria:

that a Grand Challenge must be important,

compelling to the broader public, and have a

science base connected to interventions that

could lead to meaningful and measurable

change. These were announced at the 2016

annual Society for Social Work and Research

(SSWR) conference - "Grand Challenges

for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda

for the Future" - in Washington, DC. Multidisciplinary networks were formed to support

work on each of the Grand Challenges.

In 2020, as the nation and the world's attention

focused on racial injustice and ending systemic

violence against and oppression of Black

people and people of color, an additional

Grand Challenge was announced: the Grand

Challenge to Eliminate Racism. Although

the initiative had understood racism as

inextricably linked to each of the first 12 Grand

Challenges, the establishment of the Grand

Challenge to Eliminate Racism brought greater

attention to promoting culturally-grounded,

upstream interventions and prevention efforts

designed to eradicate racist policies, bias, and

discriminatory practices.

GRAND CHALLENGES FOR SOCIAL WORK:

FIVE YEARS OF PROGRESS

An Impact Report at Year 5 of the 10-Year Initiative | 1

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