Today, I’m a social worker.
A little history: When I was in graduate school one of my supervisors asked me this question: Are you going to be an evaluator with a social work back ground or a social worker with an evaluation background?
I sat and thought about it for a few days and I said, “I’m a social worker!”
Technically I don’t know if this is true, based on the lack thereof a traditional social work experience, but after staying up all night to ensure that a presentation I developed conveyed teachable moments, reflections, and respected and protected all of the stakeholders I felt well rested because I felt my job was done as a social worker. Plus the “Hey, look what I can do with data” presentations get old after a while.
As a social worker I see the programs and individuals that I work with as my clients in a sense
After our assessment, the evaluation plan, logic model, and/or necessary measurement tools serve as a part of the intervention
Monitoring change and making recommendations along the way would be the “case management”
The reports serve as a discussion tool on progress and lessons learned until the end of the project
Reaching? Too much? As much as I want to shake the title sometimes, I guess I’m a social worker at heart. Happy Friday! *runs back to grab hat*