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Highlights of my practicum with the department of social development

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  1. Highlights of my practicum with the department of social development May – August 2010 M.S.W. Candidate, Brianna Strumm University of Calgary

  2. Overall Milestones: • Integration into the Chief Directorate: Children and to Pretoria, South Africa • Full participation in training/conferences/workshops • Hands-on research contribution to the SACPPS with regards to the Capacity and Infrastructure Assessment (CIA) • Contextualization

  3. learning areas set out to accomplish: 1. Policy Implementation: The stages of policy implementation ( from policy inception stage, including research, development, consultation, sustainability and implementation) 2. Inter-professional Collaboration: Inter-professional collaboration with other departments, NGOs, academia, professional bodies, etc. 3. Project Management/Leadership: Planning/organizing a project with a lead role and  building relationships 4. Presentations, Meetings and Facilitation (Communication): Presentations or training or workshop facilitation to groups 5. Policy Research: Gathering/analyzing research data 6. Government readiness for change/ crisis: Developing insight into government response to crisis and/or change of political/ social/ economic situation (e.g. World Cup) 7. Policy development (consultation): Interface with those affected by policy decisions and developing insight into the consultation approach adopted by government 8. Policy Impact: Sustainability and the impact of policy decisions on generations to come 9. Orientation: Orientation to department (national and provincial) , branch, chief directorate and directorate (project) and community

  4. Top 10 moments …linked to learning areas.

  5. 10. Research preparation for cia • Scored through numerous articles, books, and policy documents Policy Research, Orientation

  6. 9. Training on the children’s act, project management & gender mainstreaming in research Communication, Policy Implementation

  7. 8. Exposure to international donors • Save the Children • UNICEF • WHO • CIDA • UBS Bank Policy Development, Inter-professional Collaboration

  8. 7. Site visits Child Welfare SA (NGO) SACSSP (Council for SW) Inter-professional Collaboration, Orientation

  9. 6. SACPPS Launch Policy Impact, Orientation

  10. 5. Cida and the logic model Project Management, Communication

  11. 4. FIFA World cup spirit and Child protection extra measures Government readiness for change/crisis, Policy Development

  12. 3. President Zuma & launch of children’s act Children in community Media Policy Implementation, Policy Impact

  13. 2. Technical expert advisory group (TEAG) meeting + cia research CAPACITY AND INFASTRUCTURE ASSESSMENT RESEARCH PROPOSAL SOUTH AFRICAN CHILD PROTECTION SURVEILLANCE STUDY (SACPSS) Project Management, Policy Research

  14. 1. archbishop desmond tutu and the kids rights mdg conference Policy Impact, Inter-professional Collaboration

  15. And a lifetime of memories…thank you for making my dreams come true! AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. CARMEN BENJAMIN

  16. What’s next for me? Present portfolio to faculty on September 2, 2010 Convocation November 12, 2010 with M.S.W. Please stay in touch: travelingbrianna@yahoo.ca