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Identifying a social welfare problem
Your first task is to develop a topic for your research report. To identify current social welfare problems, consider some of the following resources.
When looking for a social welfare problem, consider reviewing the issues that NASW has on their advocacy issues page.
Developing your topic
Topic selection is a process, not a single step. You should start with the issue that is of interest to you. Note that you will need to develop this as you go and that your research will inform how your topic develops.
This video from NC State Libraries explains the process through which you might develop your topic. It's a short (about 3 minutes) overview that is helpful in thinking about how to approach topic development.
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