The conference “Practice Research - The Process of Developing Social Capital by Social Workers’ Conference: Consolidation and Looking ahead” (實踐研究 - 社工建立社會資本的過程」: 總結與展望研討會) was successfully held on 3 November 2023. It brought together researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders who were involved in a three-year project, funded by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF), titled “Evaluation as Learning Tools: Practice Research for the PRH (Public Rental Housing) Projects”.
The event commenced with speeches by Prof. Eric CHUI, Head of APSS, and Dr. Ning FAN, committee member of CIIF, who shared heartfelt insights and their vision of fostering strong community connections. Prof. Ben KU, Professor of APSS and Centre Director of China and Global Development Network, and the APSS research team then presented their research findings and underscored the importance of practice research in the field of social work. Also, social workers from Methodist Centre, Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association, St. James’ Settlement, and The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council took to the stage to share their strategies and wisdom in forming social capital in estate communities and their involvement in practice research with APSS.
The conference was well received. Around 200 attendees participated, including professional social work practitioners, educators, students, and experts from various disciplines. The resounding success of the conference reflected the dedication and commitment of all participants in advancing the field of social work and promoting practice research.