Research Opportunities

From time to time, the College posts links to research projects which may be of interest to members. Members may wish to consider these opportunities as part of their Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

In order to be included on this page, research must:

  • Be directly related to social work and/or social service work practice and/or regulation.
  • Contribute to ethical and professional practice.
  • Relate directly or indirectly to the mandate of the College.
  • Build upon the knowledge base of the social work and/or social service work professions.
  • Have received ethics board approval.
  • Be conducted under the auspices of an employer, an accredited university or other organization satisfactory to the Registrar.

Disclaimer: The College provides these links only as a convenience. The College does not sponsor or endorse, and is not affiliated or associated with any of the research related to these links. See the College’s Terms and Conditions for more information. The Registrar may, in the Registrar’s sole discretion, deny a request to post a research link.


Current Research Opportunities

Research Study: Evaluation of Virtual Care Services Offered to Children Across Ontario

Researchers: Stelios Georgiades, PhD – McMaster University; Elyse Rosa, PhD – McMaster University

Description: In this study we are evaluating virtual care and foundational services offered by organizations across Ontario. We will be evaluating how the delivery and outcomes of virtual care provided by organizations across the province can inform future provision of services for children and their families. We are recruiting service providers from a range of professions who have provided virtual care to children under the age of 18 in Ontario, participants will be asked to complete a 15-minute online questionnaire and will receive a $20 gift card. If you are interested in participating please email ekoeval@mcmaster.ca or call (905) 525-9140 ext. 21263: https://offordcentre.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/EKO-Eval-Recruitment-Flyer-for-Service-Providers.pdf

End Date: August 31, 2022


Research Study: An Exploration of Wellbeing, Distress, and Relationships in the Social Services

Researcher: Miya Draga, MA, PhD Candidate – University of Toronto

Description: This study hopes to better understand the ways that social workers in Ontario manage their wellbeing and work-related distress, and the ways that they navigate relationships with their clients. If you are a current or past social worker (RSW) in Ontario, and have experience working with clients in a front-line or face-to-face capacity, then you are invited to participate in a confidential and anonymous online survey as part of a thesis research study. The survey can take as little as 10 minutes, and participants will have the option of entering a draw to win one of four $50 gift cards to Indigo.ca (Chapters): https://bit.ly/3q606bC

End Date: August 31, 2022


Research Study: Understanding transitions of care across the care journey for older adults with complex health and social needs: A qualitative multiple-case study

Researchers: Dr. Sara Guilcher and Dr. Kerry Kuluski

Description: Researchers at the University of Toronto are seeking to improve experiences with care transitions (e.g., from hospital to rehab, rehab to home, etc.) for individuals who have experienced a hip fracture as well as their unpaid care providers (e.g., friends and family) in Ontario, Canada.

If you are a health care provider who works with individuals with hip fracture, then we would love to hear from you! Concept mapping sessions will be conducted virtually. These group sessions take 1-1.5 hours. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

To learn more or to participate in this study, please contact the research team at transitions.study@utoronto.ca.

End Date: December 1, 2022


Research study: Social Workers’ Experiences in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice within Northern Ontario Healthcare Settings.

Researcher: Jennifer Bailey H.B.S.W., RSW

Description: The purpose of this study is to construct an understanding of the experiences in interprofessional collaborative practice in both educational and professional settings and support social workers to develop and maintain competency for interprofessional collaborative practice. The purpose and goals of this work seeks to contribute to the practice of social work and is being conducted under supervision of Laurentian University as part of my requirements to obtain a MSW. It has received approval from the Research Ethics Board at Laurentian University. For more information: https://www.ocswssw.org/wp-content/uploads/Recruitment-Poster.Bailey.pdf.


If you have a question regarding one or more of the above research opportunities, please contact the appropriate researcher(s). If you are a researcher and would like to post your project on this webpage, please contact the College’s Director of Professional Practice, Christina Van Sickle, RSW, at cvansickle@ocswssw.org.