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 & Teaching Institute

We are excited to invite you to join us in 2020 on Thursday, May 28; Friday, May 29; and Saturday, May 30! MACRO Conference 2020 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. Register now to attend the MACRO Conference & Teaching Institute.

How Social Workers Can Build Election Turnout

Impacting the Election of 2020: How Social Workers Can Build Election Turnout

In this evening event, Professor Mimi Abramovitz, co-leader of the National Voter Mobilization Campaign, makes a case for why it is essential for social workers to become involved in voter engagement. Given our position between the individual and society, social workers are uniquely positioned to register the people they serve and get out the vote.  See Voting Is Social Work for useful resources.

Join ISP or renew your membership

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.


ISP offered its first webinar in July 2019 entitled The Graceful Revolution. Dr. Melissa Bird presented an introduction to a process she created through her 20+ years of social justice and advocacy work, provided a tool kit customized to each community, innovative skills to get participants marching and inspired, a plan to build an individual soapbox, and access to local experts who can help each mission. View the presentation.

ISP’s second webinar in November 2019 entitled The U.S. Census: high stakes, current issues and ways social work can support a complete count. Presenters included Mary Hylton, Tanya Rhodes Smith, and national experts including a representative from the U.S. Census leadership team. Topics included an overview of the issues, the 2020 timeline, helpful resources for students and organizations, and ways the profession can Get Out the Count. View the presentation.

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.

Management Conference

The Network for Social Work Management’s 31st Annual Management Conference¬†will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – Friday, June 5, 2020, at Fordham University Lincoln Center. The conference, “A Vision For The Future: Maximizing Social Impact”, brings together social work and human service leaders, international experts, researchers, and practitioners in an information event, resulting in attendees at all levels leaving with cutting-edge management strategies. Registration information and pricing is available on their website.