FAQ: What is the difference between micro, mezzo and macro social work?
Micro Social Work
Mezzo Social Work
Macro Social Work
- Investigation of the origins, persistence, and effects of citywide, state, and/or national social problems. Social workers who investigate these problems often work at universities and other social research institutions.
- Creation and implementation of human service programs to address large scale social problems. Social workers who engage primarily in this area of macro social work may work in government departments, non-profits, and other organizations that have the resources and infrastructure to create, deliver, and evaluate the effectiveness of human service programs.
- Advocacy to encourage state and federal governments to change policies to better serve vulnerable populations, and/or to create programs that address social ills. Macro social workers who engage in policy advocacy may work at human rights groups, pro-bono law firms, think-tanks, and non-profit organizations.