Project Reports and Products

SSW faculty members publish their research not only through books and leading research journals, but also through publically available research project reports. Following are examples of recent publications and reports.

  • Report of the Michigan Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children (Prepared and Submitted Pursuant to MCL 722.632b, June 2015
    Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

    This report presents the results of work by a legislatively mandated task force to make recommendations 1) for reducing child sexual abuse in the State and 2) for developing school policies that address the sexual abuse of children. Angela C. Kennedy (Associate Professor) served as a member of the task force.

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  • Michigan Department of Human Services In-Service Child Welfare Training Initiative, 2014 Cohort: Final Evaluation Report

    This report presents findings from an evaluation study of the effectiveness of utilizing a multi-university collaborative to provide in-service training to Michigan’s child welfare workers. The report was prepared by Gary Anderson (Professor), Sacha Klein (Assistant Professor), Gretchen Archer (Clinical Instructor ), Michele Brock Senior Clinical Instructor, and Kadi Prout.

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  • Opportunity Neighborhoods for Latino and African American Children: Final Report, March 2014
    Funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research

    The Denver Child Study explores the extent to which multiple dimensions of neighborhood context affect the physical and behavioral health, exposure to violence, risky behaviors, education, youth and young adult labor market outcomes, and marriage and childbearing of Latino and African-American children and youth from low-income families. This final report on the study was prepared by Anna Maria Santiago (Professor), George C. Galster, Jessica L. Lucero, Karen J. Ishler, Eun Lye, Lee Georgios Kypriotakis, and Lisa Stack.

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  • Using Data to Measure Performance: A New Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Home Visiting
    Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts

    This report presents the Pew Charitable Trusts Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative and its final recommendations. It is the first significant effort to promote common performance measures that states can adopt to determine whether their goals are being achieved across a portfolio of home visiting programs (family support and coaching programs for vulnerable families). Sacha Klein (Assistant Professor) served as a consultant on this project and contributed to the report.

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  • Magnitudes and Mechanisms of Neighborhood Impacts on Children: Analyzing a Natural Experiment in Denver, January 2012
    Funded by John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation Grant

    This project aimed to (1) quantify precisely how various conditions in the surrounding neighborhood affect independently a variety of outcomes for low-income children who have resided in public housing for a substantial period of time during childhood; and (2) probe causal paths and mechanisms relative to how neighborhood conditions or environments might cause these outcomes. The project was led by George C. Galster (Professor, Wayne State University) and Anna Maria Santiago (Professor).

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  • Ethics and the Regulatory Process, November 2013

    As a service to students, alumni and interested social workers, this YouTube video offers a two module presentation entitled: Ethical Practice and the Regulatory Process: Implications for Licensure. The presentation illustrates the incidence of social work lapses in Michigan, gives an idea of what can put social workers at risk of ethical missteps; offers an overview of the regulations involved, introduces the complaint process and lists resources to assist as you strive to be an ethical social worker. This product was developed by by Anwar Najor-Durack, LMSW, PhD and Dennis Muzzi, LMSW in a cooperative effort with the Michigan Department of Human Services, the Community Health Authority, Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

  • Greater Lansing Guide to Aging Services for the LGBTQI Community, March 2011
    Funded by Lansing Association of Human Rights (LAHR) and MSU School of Social Work

    This guide is intended to serve aging LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex) individuals, their caregivers, and family members by providing information about aging services in the Lansing, MI, area. It is intended to be an educational resource for the community as they consider the scope of aging services. The guide was authored by Anne Hughes and Rena Harold.

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  • Creating Change Final Evaluation Report, April 2013
    Funded by WK Kellogg Foundation

    This report shares evaluation findings from a study of capacity building efforts by Creating Change, a community-based organization serving Battle Creek. John Seita (Associate Professor), authored the report.

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