Prof. Menachem Monnickendam


    Prof. Menachem Monnickendam began his career as a field social worker. This is reflected in his current research. He has fulfilled a variety of professional and public functions including participation as a member of the National Commission on Fighting Poverty, founding dean of the school of Social Work at the Ashkelon Academic College, and past president of ESPANET-Israel (the Israel Association of Social Policy Research). He has taught and researched in Israel and abroad and publishes extensively both in professional and popular media. His current research deals with service utilization of people living in poverty; the development of multidimensional poverty measures, and human and medical service personnel's perceptions of people living in poverty. Additional research focusses on the design of better functioning human services that are poor friendly and provide optimal services - within their limited means - through a system of prioritizing needs and rationing of services. He is currently founding director of "Maanim" (Solutions) - the Center for Applied Poverty Research in Israel. The center aims at assessing existing anti-poverty programs; formulating and publicizing guidelines for sound practice of anti-poverty programs and educating both professionals and the general public on the application of its research findings to effective practice



    1973 - B.A.: Hebrew University, Jerusalem, School of Social Work

    1979 - M.A.: Bar Ilan University, School of Social Work

    1983 - Ph.D.: University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work


    Academic & other positions

    2015: Founding Director, Maanim, The Center for Applied Poverty Research in Israel

    2013-2014: Founding Co-Director, The Social Sciences Faculty Unit for Poverty Research

    2003-2004: Honorary Visiting Fellow, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol, UK.

    1994-2001: Founding Director, School of Social Work, Ashkelon Academic College

    1991-1992: Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Social Work Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ


    Professional-public service 

    Grant Reviewer

    Various periods          

    Research Proposal Reviewer: Israel Science Foundation

    Fifth Research and Development Framework Plan of European Union, Brussels

    Editorial Activities and Reviewer

    Various periods          

    Editorial Board, Journal of Technology in Human Services

    Child Maltreatment

    Computers in Human Behavior

    Computers in Human Services


    Journal of European Social Policy

    Journal of Policy History

    Journal of Technology in Human Services

    Social Policy & Administration

    Social Security

    Society and Welfare

    Iyunim Betkumat Israel (Studies in Israeli and Modern Jewish Society)

    Committees and Consultations

    2014: National Commission for War on Poverty

    2012-present: National Commission for the Reform of the Local Social Services. Sub Committee on Human Resources, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services

    2008-present: National Commission for the Reform of the Local Social Services. Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services

    1999-present: Social Welfare Policy Program, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel

    2009-2011: The Committee for Strengthening Community Involvement of Students and Faculty, Bar Ilan University

    2001-2011: The Rappaport Center for Assimilation Research and Strengthening Jewish Vitality, Bar Ilan University

    2000-2011: The Nathan O. Hurwich Chair for Community Services, Bar Ilan University

    2007-2012: Tel Aviv Municipality, Department of Social Services: Family Poverty Reducing Measures

    2006: The Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership: Poverty Task Force Consultations

    2006-2011: Award Committee of the Recanati-Chais-Rashi Award for Entrepreneur Social Workers

    2005-2012: Advisory Committee to Minister of Social Affairs and Social Services – Council of Social Work

    2001: Advisory committee, Social Survey, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

    2001-2004: Advisory committee, Longitudinal Poverty Measurement, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

    2000-2003: Board member, Not for Profit Service for Dutch Elderly Living in Israel

    1998-2001: National Council for Fighting Poverty and Social Inequality, coordinator of social policy

    1989-1991: Steering Committee, Israel Center of Municipal Policy

    1980-1987: Chair and Implementation Consultant to Steering Committee of Jerusalem Municipal Association for Neighborhood Self-Management

    1985-1988: Committee for Restructuring, Committee for International Relations, Israel National Association of Social Workers, member

    1984-1996: Israel Defense Forces, Mental Health Department: Design and implementation of Computerized Clinical Information System


    Professional Affiliations (various periods)

    ESPANET ISRAEL, Founding member, Past Chair

    SPA, Social Policy Association, UK

    SSWR, The Society for Social Work and Research, US

    IASW, Israel Association of Social Workers, Commission of Reorganization, Commission of Social Policy.

    HUSITA, Human Service Information Technology Applications, US. Board, International Advisory Board; Founder and Coordinator of Area Group, Israel.

    CSWE, Council on Social Work Education, US

    ISTR, The International Society for Third-Sector Research, US

    ENITH, European Network for Information Technology and Human Services, Member Executive Committee – Israel


    Grants Funded

    2013: Prioritizing target populations. Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services

    2010: Local social services in Israel in international perspective. Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.

    2007/8: Service provision to poor people in local social services. Ministry of Welfare.

    2006: Social workers' perceptions of poverty and service provision. Funded by Ben Gurion University of the Negev (with Ch. Katz)

    2005: Health professionals' perceptions of poverty and service provision.  Funded by The Israel Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research (with M.S. Monnickendam).

    2003/4: Cross National Poverty Research in The UK and Israel. Funded by The British Academy (with D. Gordon).

    2003: The relationship between services for the poor and perceptions of poverty. Funded by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel (with Y. Katan).

    2002: Health professionals’ perceptions of poverty. Rotter Fund.

    2000: Poverty measurement in Israel. Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel.

    1997: Evaluation of a computerized decision support system for youth probation officers. Ministry of Welfare (with R. Savaya and M. Weisman) 


    Major Faculty Activities

    2008-2012: Director, Graduate Studies

    1998-2012: Coordinator, Management and Community Organization Graduate Studies

    1991-2015: Graduate Studies Committee

    1988, 1995-2015: Member, Advisory Committee to Dean

    2005-2007, 1992-1995: Member, B.A. Committee

    1988-1992: Coordinator, Social Policy and Computer Areas

    1991: Chair, Task Force, Skills Laboratories Project

    1990: Coordinator, Task Force, Undergraduate Program Evaluation


    1. Comparative Social Policy.

    2. Comparative Poverty Measurement.

    3. Poverty Perceptions by and of the Poor.

    4. Social Workers and Service Provision to the Poor.

    5. Human Services Administration.

    6. Social networks and social services.

    7. Properties of people who turn to welfare services in Israel.

    Last Updated Date : 18/05/2022