Comparative Approaches to Program Planning / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.90
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 79%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $14.90   
  • New (5) from $56.59   
  • Used (4) from $14.90   


"As a practitioner in the field for over thirty years, I have been exposed to endless 'planning' sessions that are prescriptive to the point of being oppressive. Thistext 'gives permission' to the practitioner to allow for emergence, uncertainty, and ambiguity in the planning process. Comparative Approaches to Program Planning provides a guide for the manager, administrator, executive director, strategic planner, and CEO to embrace multiple planning strategies and the understanding of each. This is extremely worthwhile in a dynamic environment and an ever- changing landscape and worldview."
—Paul D. McWhinney, ACSW, Director of Social Services City of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

"This is the book I've been waiting for. It provides not only a linear approach to program design, but gives language to the tacit knowledge many planners have of the circular nature of their work. Both linear and circular thinking are important to planning processes and now we have a resource for teaching."
—Jon E. Singletary, PhD, MSW, MDiv, Baylor University, School of Social Work

The first text on program planning to guide readers in selecting program planning approaches appropriate to setting, culture, and context

Valuable for students and practitioners in the social work, public administration, nonprofit management, and community psychology fields, Comparative Approaches to Program Planning provides practical and creative ways to effectively conduct program planning within human service organizations.

Written by leaders in the social work education community, this innovative book explores program planning as a multi-layered and complex process. It examines both a traditional linear problem-solving model as well as an alternative emergent approach to program planning, helping professionals to successfully develop and enact effective and culturally competent planning in organizations and communities.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I found this book helpful in giving structure and organization to my thinking about program planning, prioritizing my goals in planning, and decreasing wasted planning time. Comparative Approaches to Program Planning recognizes the delicate balance of planning programs that are accessible and acceptable to the participant while maintaining a focus on accountability." (Psychiatric Services, November 2008)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470126417
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Ellen Netting, PHD, is the Samuel S. Wurtzel EndowedChair and Professor of Social Work at Virginia CommonwealthUniversity where she teaches in the PhD, MSW, and BSW programs.

Mary Katherine O'Connor, PHD, is a Professor in theSchool of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University where sheteaches in the PhD and MSW programs.

David P. Fauri, PHD, is a Professor of Social Work atVirginia Commonwealth University where he teaches in the PhD, MSW,and BSW programs.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Differences Between Lines and Circles.

Lines and Circles as Planning Metaphors.

A Brief History of Lines and Circles.

Planning Theory: Both Lines and Circles.

Examples of Planning Approaches.

The "Surety" of the Line and the "Tentativeness" of theCircle.

A Conceptual Framework.


Discussion Questions.

Chapter 2 Programs: Containers for IdeaImplementation.

Programs and Projects; Services and Interventions.

Programs and Projects.

Services and Interventions.

Programs in Organizational Context.

Program Planning.

Mandates and Initiatives.

Planning Different Types of Programs.


Discussion Questions.

Case Exercise: Chronic Pain.

Chapter 3 Rational Planning and PrescriptiveApproaches.

Case: The Mayor and the Street Educators.


History of Rational Planning and Prescriptive Approaches.

Dimensions of Rational Planning and Prescriptive Approaches.

The Logic Model.

Assessing Needs.

Defining and Analyzing Problems.

Selecting Intervention Strategies.

Writing Goals and Objectives.

Program Design and Decision-Making.

Accountability in a Prescriptive Approach.

Accountability Challenges.

Information Systems.


Rational Planning.



Strengths and Challenges of Rational Planning.


Discussion Questions.

Chapter 4 Interpretive Planning and EmergentApproaches.

Case: The Invisible People and the Area Agency on Aging.


History of Interpretive Planning and Emergent Approaches.

Dimensions of Interpretive Planning and Emergent Approaches.

The Logic of Emergence.





Accountability in an Emergent Approach.

Accountability Challenges.

Accountability Options.

Interpretive Planning.



Strengths and Challenges of Interpretive Planning.


Discussion Questions.

Chapter 5 Knowing When to Use Which PlanningApproach.

Case: AIDS Orphans and the Pig Intervention.

Similarities in Planning Approach Challenges.

Gaining Entry.

Becoming Oriented.

Engaging in Critical Thinking.

Making Ethical Decisions.

Comparing Program Planning Approaches.

Comparing Dimensions.

Examining Accountability.

Thinking about Mind-sets and Skills.

Decision Issues for Approach Selection.


Discussion Questions.

Appendix: Comparing Planning Approaches.

Chapter 6 Program Planning in Diverse CulturalContexts.

Culture and Context.

Defining Culture.

Elements in Culture Development.

Cultural Competence.

Skills of the Culturally Competent.

Challenges to Culturally Competent Human ServiceProgramming.

Understanding Empiricism.

Recognizing Realism and Interpretivism.

Responding to Accountability Demands.

Cultural Competence and Program Planning.

Planning with Sensitivity to Difference.

Planning with Sensitivity to Inclusion.

Planning with Sensitivity to Context.

Planning Across Multiple Organizational Settings.

Issues When Practicing Internationally.







Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)