ASWB Practice Question: Macro Social Work Answer and Rationale

By Heidi Tobe on May 8, 2018

This week's free ASWB Practice question explored the often dreaded topic of macro social work. Remember: you don’t need to have direct experience in macro social work to answer these questions efficiently and correctly. While macro vs. micro social work questions seem vastly different on the surface, in reality, they have a lot in common. If you are going through one of TDC's programs, check out our new macro strategy quick study to learn how to approach these questions using your clinical skills and strengths. And if you haven't signed up for one of our ASWB exam prep programs, sign up today!

Practice Question on Macro Social Work

A social service agency hires a social worker to evaluate the effectiveness of a program the agency implemented last year. The program works with adolescents age 12-17 who are at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system and aimed to prevent entrance into the juvenile justice system. What should the social worker do FIRST in evaluating the effectiveness of this program?

A. Set goals and objectives for treatment

B. Determine who the target population is

C. Share outcome results and recommendations

D. Identify what measures were used to determine progress towards goals

The correct answer is D.

  • The question stem has already informed us of what the goals of the program are (A) and who the target population is (B).
  • While the process of program evaluation will allow us to share results and recommendations (C), this is generally one of the last steps, not the first.
  • This leaves us with answer option (D). Once we know the target population and what the goals and objectives are, we next want to look at what measures were used to determine what progress has been made towards those goals. For example, was a standardized assessment tool used? Was client self reporting utilized? Was information gathered from the juvenile justice system's records?

Social Work Exam Preparation

Which answer did you choose for this macro social work practice question? Does the rationale fit with your understanding of program evaluation or did you learn something new? If you have any further questions about macro social work or preparing for the social work exams, feel free to check in with a TDC coach. We are here to support you all along the way! And if you came up with the same answer-great job! You are on the right track to getting licensed.

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May 21, 2018

THANK YOU for the attention to this topic. I understand the evaluation and development of programs with a deeper understanding now.

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May 29, 2018

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May 29, 2018

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July 2, 2018

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