Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS)
The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service is a unit of the College of Social Work. The goal of the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) is to improve the quality of human services practice in Tennessee, the Southeast, and the nation for the benefit of human services workers, their agencies, and their clients.
Since its inception in 1976, the office has secured more than 40 million dollars in funding from state, local, and federal grants and contracts to support training, technical assistance, and research projects. During this period, more than 60,000 public welfare staff and related professionals and volunteers have participated in SWORPS training programs.
SWORPS is composed of units that work in the areas of research, publications, staff development, professional continuing education, and e-learning. The staff of 200 is made up of social workers, trainers, researchers, statisticians, editors, and other professional and support personnel. The office is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, on the main campus of the University of Tennessee with other offices in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Columbia.
For a more detailed look at the The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service, visit their web site at http://www.sworps.utk.edu or contact them at the address at the right.
SWORPS researcher Cathy Irwin coordinates data intake into the Knoxville Area Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).