Macro social work refers to advanced social work practice with large client systems (organizations, neighborhoods, and communities) and focuses on supervision, management and administration, research, planning, grant writing, policy formulation, advocacy, and impacting the legislative process.
Macro field assignments may include development/implementation of needs assessment methodologies, identification of strategies and outcome measures, participation in grant preparation, design and/or implementation of programs and service delivery systems, involvement in program evaluation, work with client groups for the purpose of organizing and policy change, and evaluation of intervention outcomes.
Macro social workers work in a wide variety of positions, including:
- Program developers and directors
- Health and welfare planners
- Community organizers for local action groups
- Consultants and policy analysts for state and federal agencies
- Legislative advocates
- Organizational development specialists
- Health educators
- Youth workers
- Program evaluators
- Human service managers and supervisors