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Institute for Rural Social Work Research
Consultation and Training

 

IRSR


Non-profit Organization Dedicated to providing the technical service needs of

Rural Social Service and Non-Profit Agencies at low cost

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SUSTAINABILITY

Director Bob Rickle Ph.D.,
QCSW, LCSW, ACSW
Professor

College of Professional Studies
Social Work Department
robert.rickle@wnmu.edu
575-956-8698

Associate Director Eric Moore, MSW
Assistant Professor

College of Professional Studies
Social Work Department
mooree@wnmu.edu
575-590-1432

IRSR Technical Services

Technical services such as research, consultation and training are most often either non-existent or unaffordable to almost all rural social service and non-profit agencies. Consequently agencies are not always aware of what services they may be in need of, or what opportunities might become available to the agency if they made use of IRSR’s technical services.


RESEARCH


Examples of possible services that IRSR can provide under this heading include:

 

  • Data analysis helps an agency tell their story to the board of directors, the community, possible funding sources, and employees.
  • Statistical analysis of existing data collected by the agency and writing a narrative description of their meaning.
  • Assistance in setting up a data management and data analysis system.
  • Needs assessment and survey questionnaire construction, implementation and response analysis.
  • Evaluative research, program effectiveness and efficiency

CONSULTATION

A variety of IRSR services fall under this heading.

 

  • Grant writing-we can provide services ranging from writing and submitting the grant, to various levels of assistance in developing a funding proposal.
  • Fund raising– again we can offer anything from full service planning and executing of fund raising activities to lesser levels of assistance in this area.
  • Agency policy, process and procedures
  • Risk reduction
  • Agency structure and organization
  • Administrative issues regarding the Board or employees
  • Agency financial management
  • Board recruitment and retention

TRAINING

IRSR can provide a multitude of different trainings specifically tailored to the needs of your agency.

  • Employee, administrative, board training.
  • Identifying partners in the community for collaboration.
  • Community Outreach– making sure people know who you are, what you do and where you are.
  • Fundraising- Teaching and helping agencies practice the gentle art of effective fund raising.
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers– the life blood of many organizations.
  • Training volunteers
  • Program or project development
  • Leadership training

    How can IRSR do it at low cost to agencies?


These services are provided at low cost to rural agencies because the faculty of Western New Mexico University is committed to providing substantial community service to the peoples of its catchment area at no cost. The monies generated are allocated to School of Social Work student research stipends.

 

All projects are developed by Social Work faculty in close cooperation with the requesting agency, so work quality is of high value. Social work students under direct supervision of faculty perform most of the work activities related to each unique project.


Agencies get high quality technical services at low cost. Students obtain valuable, practical, hands on social work practice experience not offered in the classroom. Faculty is able to meet their community service obligations in an especially meaningful manner. It is a Win-Win-Win!

IRSR RECENT PROJECTS

  • Ethics and Cultural Sensitivity CEU Workshop- WNMU School of Social Work
  • Board of Directors Training- SASS
  • Computerized Client Management System- Silver City Gospel Mission
  • Social Work student survey WNMU School of Social Work
  • Program Evaluation Boot Heel Youth Association for State of New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Major sponsor 39th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas July 16-18, 2014 hosted by WNMU

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