Social workers and policy practice: An analysis of job descriptions in Israel

Idit Weiss-Gal*, Lia Levin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Social workers' involvement in the policy-making process (policy practice) is an important aspect of social work. This article examines formal social work job descriptions in an effort to determine whether, and to what extent, social workers in Israel are required to engage in policy practice and which specific activities are required of them in this sense. A quantitative content analysis of 78 job descriptions showed that nearly half the descriptions stipulated at least one policy practice activity, usually within the organization itself. The analysis also indicated that policy practice is constructed largely as an administrative practice, usually performed at managerial levels and defined narrowly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-200
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Content analysis
  • Israel
  • Job descriptions
  • Policy practice
  • Social workers


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