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Academics and Nonprofits: Collaborative Partnering for Evidence-Informed Practice

Patricia L. Desrosiers, Suk-hee Kim


This case study highlights the academic-nonprofit practice partnership between one social work faculty member and the director of a local domestic violence shelter. Initiated by the academic researcher in 2017, the resultant research project has informed the local domestic violence shelter's plan of services, supported funding requests for both current and new services, and provided the academic partner with an additional potential statewide research project partner.  Outcomes to date include a report to the shelter board of directors, a statewide research presentation, and a local poster presentation. The process of developing the collaborative partnership as well as the lessons learned throughout will be discussed.

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case study; academic–nonprofit partnership; evidence-informed practice

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