How the data from the Social Work Census will be used

The Social Work Census is a large-scale survey of the social work profession in the United States and Canada. The data from this survey will be aggregated and used to develop a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of who social workers are and what they do.

Your responses are completely confidential and will be merged with the responses of other social workers and social service workers.

The census has two sections, and the data from each will serve different purposes.

  • The first section is a workforce study that asks for information about social workers’ education, employment, licensure, and demographics/intersectionality. Results will be shared with the profession to help build an understanding of the social work workforce.
  • The second section is a practice analysis that asks about the knowledge needed to practice social work safely and ethically at entry to practice. Results will be used to build the blueprint for the next iteration of the social work licensing competence assessments.

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Venn diagram showing overlapping circles labeled "workforce study" and "practice analysis". The overlapping area features the Social Work Census.