Additionally, we view the Hong Kong conference as a means of engaging social work and other social sciences educators regarding the role of practice research in educating future professionals to confront the following challenges that could be presentation topics:
- Engaging practitioners and researchers meaningfully in a dialogue about research designs, outcomes, and implementation
- Involving researchers more closely in day-to-day practice contexts
- Involving senior management in order to develop the necessary organisational support for social work practice research and/or partnering with university-based researchers
- Inviting other research colleagues to adopt multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches to the dissemination and utilisation of social work practice research: What are some of the best ways of disseminating practice research through a multi-actor approach?
- Discussing the possibilities and the barriers in the negotiated meeting-points between practice and research.
- Expanding the domain of practice research to actively include service users
- Promoting the transformation of practice questions into practice research questions through the active use of critical reflection and critical thinking
- Educating research-minded practitioners at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- Educating practice-minded researchers through the exploration of applied research methodologies that locate them within various practice domains
- Deliberating the changing context of practice (e.g., how can practice research inform the merging health, mental health, and social services in numerous governmental locales around the world?)
- Developing public policy: How do findings from practice research get translated into new, more service-user-relevant policies and practices?