Social Work Program Development and Grant Writing
Murali Nair, Matthea Marquart, Lindsay Young
  • LAST MODIFIED: 23 June 2023
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0324


Program Development and Grant Writing are integral elements in human services and in other diverse fields. Social work practitioners in the twenty-first century work in complex areas of program development and grant writing. Public and nonprofit organizations are attempting to equip themselves with the latest technology to cope with these new challenges. This article includes a combination of multidisciplinary resources on program development and grant writing, and those that have a specific focus on social welfare. These bibliographies identify innovative social welfare program development and grant writing methodologies in social work. The references and resources here were selected based on their unique quality as well as their diverse differences. To illustrate the development of the field, the annotated references and media sites mentioned include various case studies from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students and professionals in the human services field at any level can draw upon this resource to enhance their understanding of the practices of Program Development and Grant Writing. Peer-reviewed books, journal articles, and social media sites that describe the expanse of Program Development and Grant Writing are cited in this article.

Program Development

Program development in social welfare is an essential aspect of service delivery systems at local, state, national, and international organizations. Hoefer and Watson 2022 is an outcomes-based, reader-friendly book that connects theory and practice. Erlich, et al. 1998, though over two decades old, provides practice wisdom on program development that remains popular among academicians and human service professionals. Calley 2011 discusses the evidence-based approach to program design, implementation, and evaluation. Drolet 2016 includes two dozen authors’ contributions on diverse areas of interest. Kettner, et al. 2016 deals with all aspects of program development. Mintzer 2002 is a good resource to enable a person to complete any type of program development, irrespective of the cost or timeline. Bargal and Schmid 1992 provides a broad understanding of organizational change and program development in human service organizations. Management and Administration in Social Work (Jaskyte 2010) includes a review of eight articles that identifies the specific program development functions of supervisors, managers, and senior administrators. Murphy 2006 narrates the evolution of the development programs of the United Nations around the world and documents the outcome of over one hundred interviews on the art of program development. Dumont and Myreille St-Onge 2007 highlights diverse answers to a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in social work and health care, with special emphasis on program development.

  • Bargal, David, and Hillel Schmid, eds. 1992. Organizational change and development in human service organizations. New York: Routledge.

    In this volume, the authors provide several useful tools for social work practitioners and administrators in the realm of force field analysis, participatory action research, and community transformation. Some of the case studies in program development include private and public agencies, neighborhood organizations servicing children in state custody, self-help organizations, rape crisis centers, and environmental centers.

  • Calley, Nancy G. 2011. Program development in the 21st century: An evidence-based approach to design, implementation, and evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

    This book articulates the need for social work practitioners to utilize business management approaches in human service program development. Case studies based on real experiences in program development are illustrated throughout this volume. Cultural competence and social justice are also emphasized throughout. The utilization of needs assessment via demographic assessment, market analysis, and asset mapping are included in this book. A list of web resources is included as an appendix.

  • Drolet, Julie L., ed. 2016. Social development and social work perspectives on social protection. 1st ed. London: Routledge.

    Two dozen authors contributed to this volume on social development and social work perspectives on social protection. Some of the unique chapters of this work include reducing inequality, austerity and poverty elimination, the human right to promote social justice and equity, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. It also includes several case studies on program development from an international perspective, such as from Brazil, Nigeria, India, and Indonesia.

  • Dumont, Serge, and Myreille St-Onge, eds. 2007. Social work, health, and international development: Compassion in social policy and practice. New York: Routledge.

    In this edited volume, eminent experts from around the world highlight diverse answers to a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in social work and health care, with special emphasis on program development. Major topics in this book include recognizing deficiencies to increase cultural competency, social work interventions to lead developing countries to economic growth, comprehensive action plans to address HIV/AIDS, and continual education for enhanced professional competence.

  • Erlich, John, Jack Rothman, and Joseph G. Teresa. 1998. Taking action in organizations and communities. Bellevue, WA: Eddie Bowers.

    This manual illustrates diverse ways to enhance social organizations and communities. It provides human service workers, community volunteers, and other socially concerned individuals with different program development tools. Diverse case studies on program planning from public and nonprofit organizations are an additional value of this book.

  • Hoefer, Richard, and Larry D. Watson. 2022. Program development, grantwriting & implementation: From advocacy to outcomes. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic.

    This is a highly practical book that will likely be used as a reference for years to come. Major highlights of this book include treating the required roles of a human service professional, such as advocacy, understanding the community, logic models of program evaluation, organizational capacity, program implementation, and planning and developing an information-sharing plan.

  • Jaskyte, Kristina. 2010. Management and administration in social work: Oxford bibliographies online research guide. New York. Oxford Univ. Press.

    The distinction between social work management and social work administration are elaborated on in this book. Eight articles are reviewed, and they identify the specific program development functions of supervisors, managers, and senior administrators.

  • Kettner, Peter M., Robert Moroney, and Lawrence L Martin. 2016. Designing and managing programs: An effectiveness-based approach. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

    The importance of measuring performance and evaluating outcomes in service delivery systems is the highlight of this book. Readers should be able to understand the steps needed for the design, implementation, and evaluation of human service programs at the micro and macro level. Case study approaches are also highlighted in this volume.

  • Mintzer, Rich. 2002. The everything project management book: Tackle any project with confidence and get it done on time. 3d ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media.

    This workbook contains successful strategies for every stage of a private or business venture—from setting goals and motivating the team to proofing the final draft. Some of the major section of this book include budgeting and time management; monitoring progress and evaluating results; using organizational technologies; assessing risk management; shifting gears while maintaining flexibility and cutting costs without compromising quality. This volume’s application in the social welfare arena is great.

  • Murphy, Craig N. 2006. The United Nations Development Programme: A better way? Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press.

    DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511618000

    This book narrates the evolution of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) around the world and documents the outcomes of over one hundred interviews. This volume also documents the evolution of the UNDP’s mission, structure, and the development of its doctrines. Readers will learn the diverse ways UNDP develops excellent relationships with small and large multinational financial institutions by tapping into the infrastructure of corporate social responsibility.

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