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Hic sunt dracones: There be dragons!

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Hic sunt dracones: There be dragons!

  1. 1. Hic sunt dracones: there be dragons! Mapping the demand & supply of social work placements in Aotearoa New Zealand Dr Kathryn Hay (Massey University) Neil Ballantyne (Learning Designs) Karin Brown (Open Polytechnic)
  2. 2. Outline • • • • • Why map demand and supply? The research programme What have we discovered so far? Questions The next steps
  3. 3. Why map demand and supply?
  4. 4. The research programme • Quantifying demand: Survey & SWRB dataset • Clarifying quality: Interviewing practice educators • Innovating practice learning: Piloting new models
  5. 5. The survey participants Institutions Population Participants Universities 5 3 Polytechnics 8 4 Wānanga 2 0 Total 15 7 Note: two polytechnics excluded from population as they have not yet placed students.
  6. 6. Government & NGO placements Survey data: Placement types NonGovernment 55% SWRB dataset: Placement agencies used Government 30% Government 45% NonGovernment 70%
  7. 7. Government & NGO placements Survey data: Placement types NonGovernment 55% SWRB dataset: Supervisors Government 34% Government 45% NonGovernment 66%
  8. 8. Survey data: RSW supervisors Proportion of placement supervisors who were RSWs by placement agency type in 2012 RSW Non-RSW NGO Government 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
  9. 9. SWRB data: RSW supervisors Proportion of placement supervisors who were RSWs by placement agency type in 2012 RSW Non-RSW NGO Government 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
  10. 10. SWRB data: Placements Proportion of government and NGO placement agencies used for each placement 3rd Placement 2nd Placement Government Non-Government 1st Placement 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
  11. 11. Survey data: On-site supervsion Proportion of placement supervisors who were onsite by placement agency type in 2012 NGO Onsite Offsite Government 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
  12. 12. SWRB data: On-site supervision Proportion of placement supervisors who were onsite by placement agency type in 2012 NGO Onsite Offsite Government 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
  13. 13. SWRB data: On-site RSW supervisors Proportion of placement supervisors who were RSW & onsite by placement agency type in 2012 NGO Onsite RSWs Others Government 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
  14. 14. Challenges with the SWRB dataset • Official documents designed for audit rather than research purposes • Resources required to clean the data • Questions may be interpreted in different ways • Many missing values and altered table layouts • Possible input errors related to table design • Regulatory function may influence responses • The real world is messier than forms
  15. 15. Suggested alternative data collection format
  16. 16. Questions • What would you want to include in a national placement dataset? • Is the balance between governmental & non-governmental placement opportunities an issue? • Should we require at least one governmental and one NGO placement? • How do we improve the number of RSW onsite supervisors? • Could local consortia of teaching institutions and agencies improve the match between supply and demand?
  17. 17. What would be the value of a national social work placement data set? • • • • • Enables placement planning Support workforce planning Identifies placement demand hot spots Monitors progress towards onsite RSW supervision Useful for leveraging and targetting resources to improve supply and manage demand
  18. 18. Dragon tamers Kath Hay K.S.Hay@massey.ac.nz Karin Brown Karin.Brown@openpolytechnic.ac.nz Neil Ballantyne neil@learningdesigns.co.nz

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