iCAP Dallas

iCAP Expands to Include Dallas County Agencies

Serena ConnellySerena S. Connelly, MSSW 1995
“The iCAP partnership is an appealing investment because it benefits all stakeholders: providers, clients, funders, faculty and students”

The Simmons Family Foundation has made a one million dollar gift to the UT Arlington School of Social Work. The gift is designated by the Simmons family to expand the Innovative Community-Academic Partnership (iCAP) into Dallas County. “The Foundation is proud to support this expansion of the UT Arlington School of Social Work program into the Dallas County community,” said Serena Connelly, foundation vice president and graduate of the UT Arlington School of Social Work. “The iCAP program is an appealing investment because it benefits all stakeholders: providers, clients, funders, faculty and students.”

Connelly, a 17-year veteran in the field of social services, said iCAP already has increased effectiveness with its partner agencies. “The iCAP shows the range of skills that social workers bring to the field of human services — we are not just counselors but also researchers and administrators who aim to ensure best practices,” Connelly said.

The Innovative Community Academic Partnership, or iCAP, initiates, supports and funds research ideas among educators to help social service agencies develop better evidence-informed practices. The aim of iCAP is to leverage the evaluative skills of professors with the frontline knowledge of practitioners to identify gaps in social service delivery, then institute those new practices. The program was founded in 2010 through an initial gift from the Amon G. Carter Foundation to support work with Tarrant County social agencies. Those initial funds helped refine initiatives of agencies such as Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, a Tarrant County juvenile court and Venture School of Arlington.