Creative Project: “Grand Challenges Raising Awareness Project: Using the Science of Social Work to Help Transform Society “

Grand Challenges Awareness Final
Project.

The overarching aim of Assignment 4 is to facilitate a studentвЂTMs ability to use the science of
social work to raise awareness about grand challenges facing social workers and to trigger
others to take action to positively impact social work grand challenges. The assignment consists
of two parts. The first part of the assignment presents an overview of a project presented in Part
2 of the assignment. While the first part of the assignment consists of short answer responses,
the approach and format of the project presented in the second part of the assignment will be
determined by the student.

ASSIGNMENT 4 GUIDELINES
Grand Challenges Raising Awareness Project:
Using the Science of Social Work to Help Transform Society (100 POINTS)

Aims of Assignment
The overarching aim of Assignment 4 is to facilitate studentsвЂTM ability to use the science of social work to raise awareness about grand challenges facing social workers and to trigger others to take action to positively impact social work grand challenges. Specific aims of the assignment include the following:

1) To provide students with an opportunity to use social work knowledge and data, as well as technology, in the context of professional practice.
2) To nurture and enhance studentвЂTMs creativity and its role in professional practice and in the translation of empirical evidence.
3) Through their leadership, to help students raise awareness about social workвЂTMs grand challenges and trigger others around the globe to take action that will positively impact the grand challenges. 
4) To inspire students to use the science of social work to help transform society.

Background & Approach
Led by the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare (AASWSW), the Grand Challenges for Social Work is a groundbreaking initiative promoting the use of social work knowledge and science to improve individual and family well-being, strengthen the social fabric, and help create a more just society. The School of Social Work at USC has provided leadership in terms of the conceptualization and development of the Grand Challenges, as well as in responding to the Grand Challenges and implementation of the Grand Challenges. 

Guided by our professionвЂTMs mission and values, and its emphasis on the person-in-environment perspective, Assignment 4 asks that you use the knowledge you obtained throughout the semester in order to raise awareness about the identified grand challenge related to the practice problem that you addressed in prior assignments and to trigger others to take action to positively impact that grand challenge. As you know, professional social workers view human behavior and development in relation to and in the context of systems. When working with clients, we attempt to prevent and treat problems faced by clients. At the same time, we attempt to change the societal conditions that create, contribute to, and address problems in living, such as oppression and human rights violations, and structural barriers (see NASW Code of Ethics). In this sense, Assignment 4 can be considered a “social actionвЂк assignment, that is, one in which you advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice by exercising leadership within the professional community.

Assignment 4 consists of two parts. While the first part of your assignment consists of short answer responses, the approach and format of the project presented in the second part of the assignment will be determined by YOU. To complete the assignment, please draw from your previous assignments, course readings, presentations, activities, and other materials. Also consider drawing from your professional and personal experiences.

Grading & Submission Guidelines
Assignment 4 comprises 15% of your final grade. Grading for the assignment will be based on a 100 point scale. The number of points each question or item is worth is indicated at the end of question/item. Points will be based on (a) the presence or absence of a response to each assignment question or item, (b) the completeness of your response, (c) the thoughtfulness of your response, (d) the creativity of your product, and (e) the correctness of your content. 

пгѕ The assignment should be posted to the VAC by the end of the day on the specified due date. 
пгѕ Use the following convention for naming your document:

Assignment 4 – [insert last name].[insert first name ].assignment 4 

Learning Outcomes Addressed by Assignment 4
This assignment addresses the following student learning outcomes: 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9.

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PART 1. PROJECT OVERVIEW 
(25 POINTS TOTAL)

Instructions
To begin, please note that the project that you develop for this assignment will be presented in Part 2 of the assignment. Part 1 provides an overview for the project that you develop. Part 1 of the assignment should be completed in tandem with Part 2. In order to complete this part of the assignment, you must first develop your project.

Next, building on prior assignments, please specify the practice problem and question addressed by your project. Frame the problem and question in terms of their relevance for the profession of social work, at the macro level. In other words, think about the problem and question not just as they pertain to an individual client, but a larger population of clients who have or are at risk for having the problem. 

Practice problem for the profession of social work:

Practice question for the profession of social work:

1. Select the grand challenge that aligns with the practice problem and question that you specified above. For more information about the grand challenges, click on the individual challenge below and visit the Grand Challenges website. The white papers are linked below and it should be evident that they helped to inform your project and approach. (5 POINTS)

r Ensure healthy development for all youth
r Close the health gap
r Stop family violence
r Advance long and productive lives
r Eradicate social isolation
r End homelessness
r Create social responses to a changing environment
r Harness technology for social good
r Promote smart decarceration
r Reduce extreme economic inequality
r Build financial capability for all
r Achieve equal opportunity and justice

2. In order to raise awareness about the grand challenge you have selected, as it relates to your practice problem and question, what audience does your project target and why?

3. Please provide an overview of the project and rationale; what is the “Call to Action,вЂк i.e. what do you hope to compel your target audience to do?

4. As you know, professional social workers should be able to locate and use databases, raw data and statistics that can inform their practice at the micro, mezzo, or macro levels and to use this data in a variety of ways. Utilizing the skills and knowledge gained from units 12 to 14, you are asked to locate and incorporate raw data and statistics into the Raising Awareness Project to tell a story using data. These resources might be of assistance: 

https://www.maptive.com/101-guide-telling-compelling-story-data/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_tNh0LMEs

a. Describe the sources of the data and/or statistics you have incorporated into your project.

b. Briefly describe the data and/or statistics you have incorporated into your project. If appropriate and feasible, include the source data and/or statistics in an Appendix.

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PART 2. RAISING AWARENESS PROJECT
(10 POINTS TOTAL)

Instructions
The product you develop for this assignment should incorporate social work evidence and data to tell a compelling story that will: (1) raise awareness about a pressing real-world, social work Grand Challenge and, (2) trigger others to take action to positively impact the grand challenge you identify. 

The approach and format of the product you developed should be determined by what your product aims to achieve and by the target audience (refer back to Part 1 of the assignment). However, in some way as determined by YOU, your product should address or incorporate in an integrative and coherent fashion the following: 

1. A brief description of the Grand Challenge being addressed that is designed to raise awareness about the challenge, including the nature, scope and implications of the challenge;
2. statistics or raw data, presented in a way that tells a story with the data; and
3. empirical evidence.

For example, as part of your brief description, you might use statistics, raw data or empirical evidence to support the following:
a. Your claim of the existence, nature, and scope of the challenge;
b. The consequences of the challenge; and
c. The implications of NOT addressing the challenge.

Again, there are no expectations or requirements in terms of the approach or format of the product you develop. Although it is expected that the product you develop will be scholarly and professional, you are encouraged to develop a product that is creative, interactive and engaging in terms of both content and appearance. Along with written narrative, feel free to incorporate into the product you develop the following: photographs, icons, web links, videos, art, songs, short-stories, poems, or PowerPoints.
Below are examples of the types of products you might consider developing: 

вЂу An op-ed or commentary for publication in a professional newsletter or journal
вЂу A magazine or newspaper article intended for non-professionals
вЂу A Public Service Announcement (PSA) calling for action
вЂу A brochure or booklet with a specific targeted purpose (not simply informational) 
вЂу A web-site (do not actually post it live)
вЂу A plan for a conference or event, including marketing materials and agenda
вЂу A game or app 
вЂу A YouTube “ChallengeвЂк (do not actually post on YouTube)

Rubin, A., & Bellamy, J. (2012). PractitionerвЂTMs Guide to Using Research for Evidence-based
Practice. (Second Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 

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