Social Policy and Social Programs / Edition 4

Social Policy and Social Programs / Edition 4

by Donald E. Chambers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205408125

ISBN-13: 9780205408122

Pub. Date: 08/03/2004

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

This popular and practical text explores the basics of social policy and program analysis, including how to design new programs or evaluate and improve upon existing ones.

Highlights of the Fourth Edition


• Provides students with the criteria for judging the effectiveness of current programs, enabling them to apply what they've

Overview

This popular and practical text explores the basics of social policy and program analysis, including how to design new programs or evaluate and improve upon existing ones.

Highlights of the Fourth Edition


• Provides students with the criteria for judging the effectiveness of current programs, enabling them to apply what they've learned to improve existing programs or to create new ones.
• Features a model chapter that uses child welfare legislation to highlight methods of analysis and the results of the analysis, demonstrating for students the practical applications of theoretical concepts (Chapter 10).
• Outlines a method for analyzing personal social services generally provided by social workers, such as counseling and therapeutic, supportive assistance, as well as "hard benefits," such as food stamps, cash, or housing vouchers.

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"Social Policy and Social Programs provides a simple and concise model for analyzing social policies."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205408122
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
08/03/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters include “Introduction” and “Summary.”

Preface.

I. CREATING THE CONTEXT FOR SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS: THE SOCIAL PROBLEM AND JUDICIAL CONTEXTS.

1. Analyzing the Social Problem Background of Social Policies and Social Programs.

The Nature of Social Problems.

Social Problem Analysis.

Using the Conclusions of Social Problem Analysis to Design Social Policies and Programs and to Judge their “Fit” to the Social Problem.

2. The Judiciary as a Shaper of Social Policy, Program, and Practice.

How Are Public Programs Established and Funded?

The Political and Legislative Processes.

II. A STYLE OF POLICY ANALYSIS FOR THE PRACTICAL PUBLIC POLICY ANALYST.

3. An Overview of a Style of Policy Analysis: A Value-Critical Approach.

The Policy and Program Analysis Process: An Overview of the Six Fundamental Policy Elements.

Criteria for a Value-Critical Appraisal of Social Policy and Programs.

4. The Analysis of Policy Goals and Objectives in Social Programs and Policies.

Definitions and Basic Concepts for Analysis of Goals and Objectives.

Different Types of Goals and Objectives.

Distinguishing between Goals and Objectives.

Objectives (Not Goals) Must Contain Target Group Specifications and Performance Standards.

Purpose of Goals and Objectives.

Setting Goals and Objectives in the Personal Social Services.

Goals and Objectives Vary According to the Developmental Stage of the Program.

Methods of Identifying Goals and Objectives.

Evaluating Program or Policy System Goals and Objectives: A Value-Critical Approach.

Evaluating the “Fit” between Goals and Objectives and the Social Problem Analysis.

Evaluating Goals and Objectives against Traditional Economic Criteria: Adequacy, Equity, and Efficiency.

Evaluation Criteria Specific to Goals and Objectives.

The Analyst's Own Value Perspectives in Evaluating the Merit of Goals and Objectives.

Some Special Problems in Evaluating Goals and Objectives in Personal Social Services.

5. Who Gets What: The Analysis of Types of Benefits and Services.

A Classification Scheme for Benefit and Service Types.

Summary of Types of Benefits and Services.

Multiple and Interrelated Benefits.

Criteria for Evaluating the Merit of Benefit and Service Types.

Criteria for Evaluating the Merit of Benefit Types: Consumer Sovereignty, Coercion, and Intrusiveness.

Criteria for Evaluating the Fit of the Benefit/Service Type to the Social Problem Analysis.

Criteria for Evaluating the Merit of Benefit Forms: Adequacy, Equity, and Efficiency.

6. Who Gets What, How Much, and Under What Conditions: Analysis of Eligibility Rules.

Types of Eligibility Rules.

Criteria for Evaluating the Merit of Eligibility Rules.

Trade-Offs in Evaluating Eligibility Rules.

Overwhelming Costs, Overutilization, and Underutilization.

Work Disincentives and Eligibility Rules.

Procreational Incentives, Marital Instability, and Generational Dependency.

Opportunities for Political Interference via Weak Eligibility Rules.

7. Analysis of Service-Delivery Systems and Social Program and Policy Design.

Social Policy and Program Design.

Some Different Types of Administration and Delivery of Social Service Programs, Benefits, and Services.

Criteria for Evaluating Service Delivery.

8. How Do We Pay for Social Welfare Policies and Programs: Analysis of Financing

Beginning Questions and Criteria for Analysis of Financing.

Private Marketplace.

Private Funding.

Employee Benefit Funding.

Social Insurance as a Publicly Mandated Funding Approach.

Public/Government Funding.

The Privatization Movement.

9. Analysis of Interactions among Policy Elements.

Coentitlement.

Disentitlement.

Contrary Effects.

Duplication.

III. ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL POLICIES AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS USING BASIC CONCEPTS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA: AN EXAMPLE.

10. An Example of Social Policy and Social Program Analysis: Selected Features of Federal Child Welfare Legislation of the 1970-1998 Era Concerned with Child Abuse.

The Social Problem Context.

The Judicial Context.

The Historical Context.

The Social Program and Policy System.

Bibliography.

Index.

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