Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Encyclopedia of Social Work. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 01 October 2023

Grand Challenges for Social Worklocked

Grand Challenges for Social Worklocked

  • Marilyn Louise Flynn, Marilyn Louise FlynnUniversity of Southern California
  • Richard P. Barth, Richard P. BarthUniversity of Maryland
  • Edwina UeharaEdwina UeharaUniversity of Washington
  •  and Michael SherradenMichael SherradenWashington University in St. Louis


The Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) derived from a commitment to strengthening society through science and has identified 13 grand challenges through an iterative process. The GCSW has, in turn, developed 13 grand challenge networks that bring together researchers and practitioners and focus their capacities around achieving innovative solutions to these challenges. These networks develop and disseminate interventions at all levels (including university-based interdisciplinary grand challenge entities), giving productive focus to the work of social work and our allies. The Grand Challenges for Social Work are helping to galvanize policy developments that draw on expertise from across the profession and exemplify social work’s scientific and pragmatic traditions and its capacity for broader societal impact.


  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Social Work Profession

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription