Senior Research Scholar and Outcomes Team Leader (Quality in Social Services Group)
Dr. Tal Arazi
Senior Research Scholar and Outcomes Team Leader, Quality in Social Services Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Dr. Tal Arazi has worked at MJB since 2009. Her main research areas are: outcomes measurement, interorganizational interfaces, law and ethics in social work, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence.
Tal is a co-founder of the ethics committee at MJB and serves as a committee member.
Tal holds a BA, an MA, and a PhD in Social Work, all three from Tel Aviv University.
Tal can be contacted at Tala@jdc.org or by phone at 972-2-655-7426
The Police Social Worker Program: Pilot Evaluation Findings
The objective of the research was to: Help the National Program staff in developing tools that would enable ongoing monitoring of (a) the characteristics, needs, previous interventions, and strengths and resources of the clients in the PSW Program; and (b) the PSW Program’s outputs and outcomes. These in turn will be entered into a computerized system for continuous measurements of other short-term programs under the National Program. Conduct a measurement pilot to evaluate the adequacy of the tools developed for continuous measurement, prior to their implementation.
Take-Up of Social Rights and Social Services for Citizens – Structuring a Concept and Working Principles
This report reviews theoretical and research aspects of the non-take-up of rights, as well as aspects that may help MOLSA to formulate policy that is in keeping with current trends in this area, such as taking up rights by digital means and the incorporation of volunteers in centers for the take-up of rights.
The Professional Status of Social Workers: International Review
The current report is a review of the milestones in the development of social work as a profession in Israel. It examines the status of social workers from an international perspective, comparing selected aspects including legal status and institutional governance; the establishment of professional agencies and the granting of authority; professional certification including training; conditions of employment – recruitment, positions, terms of employment, and remuneration; the social worker's image in the eyes of the public and clients; violence and safety.
Dealing with Violence against Women in Domestic Relationships during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Review
In March 2020, with the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel along with many other countries, issued directives and imposed compulsory restrictions on the public, including the order to remain at home and the closure of workplaces. This challenging situation exacerbated the plight of victims of domestic violence. Moreover, the number of victims was […]
Children and Youth
Directives for Out-Of-Home Placements during the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Review of Policy in the USA and the UK
This report reviews the directives issued by the government departments responsible for social services in the United Kingdom and United States, and NGOs caring for children in out-of-home placements in selected states in the US.
Children and Youth
An Intervention Planning and Outcome Measurement System in the Service for Youth and Young Adults: Concept Development and Insights from the Experience – Stage I
Israel’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), with the assistance of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), has been advancing measures to establish and routinize outcome thinking (OT) in all ministry units and auxiliaries. The procedure consists of developing supportive infrastructures and tools, including computerized data-management systems. At the level of fieldworkers, the systems help construct […]
Children and Youth
Group Therapy for Sexually Abusive Boys: Summary of Measurement Results of the Outcomes Initiative Pilot
This report collates the main findings of a pilot measuring the outcomes of a group-therapy program for sexually-abusive boys. The pilot was conducted in the framework of the Outcomes Initiative led and funded by the Research, Planning and Training Division of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) in cooperation with the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute […]
Information Management Systems in Social Services: Insights and Guidelines for the Development of Systems Supporting Outcome Oriented Management & Practice
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) strives to develop and implement computerized information management systems. Such systems may include tools for information-management relating to clients, to interventions and their outcomes; and quality assurance. The purpose of these systems is to serve staff at all levels, from top management to front-line staff. The Unit […]
Children and Youth
Developing a National Index of Child Maltreatment in Israel
In May 2015 the MeHalev Initiative was launched under the auspices of the Haruv Institute. It was designed to promote activities for the prevention and reduction of child maltreatment in Israel. As part of the Initiative, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute was asked to develop an inclusive national index to measure the extent of the problem. In this report, we present the process of developing the index, the guiding principles, and the recommendation for implementation.
Ben-Yehuda, Y., & Arazi, T. (2009). The pediatrician’s role in the field of child maltreatment. Harefuah, 148(8), 502-506.