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Welcome to ISP, a nonprofit organization for social work educators, students, and practitioners with passion for policy! Our goal is to prepare and motivate social workers to play an active role in shaping the social policies that impact our clients and communities.

MACRO Conference 2020

We are excited to invite you to join us in 2020 on Thursday, May 28; Friday, May 29; and Saturday, May 30! Policy conference 2.0 and the Teaching Institute are expanding to include a broader MACRO focus! Influencing Social Policy (ISP) presents MACRO Conference 2020, The Power of MACRO Social Work: Forging Pathways Toward a More Just and Equitable World, in collaboration with ACOSA, Clark-Fox Policy Institute, Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, and other Macro Partners. We are pleased to once again be hosted by the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Macro Curriculum Guide

The Macro Curriculum Guide is here! ISP–together with its United for Macro partners–has been hard at work developing the Guide, which defines the 9 competencies through a macro lens, identifies relevant practice behaviors, and suggests a wide array of readings, media, exercises, assignments, and field activities. It promises to be an invaluable resource for faculty teaching policy and programs offering or developing macro specializations. Thanks to all of our policy colleagues who were part of this exciting effort! You can access an electronic copy of the Guide through CSWE; hard copies will be available in the near future.

Renew/Join ISP

Resolving to get more involved in the coming year? Join ISP or renew your membership! Become part of a professional community dedicated to advancing policy research, education and practice. Consistent with its strategic planning effort, 2019 will be a year of re-building for ISP. We’ll be examining our structure and programming, trying some new things, and gearing up for a big year in 2020! Renew or join now.