Social Policy and Social Programs / Edition 4

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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.

What Reviewers Think:

"I found the text easy to follow...and practical in its identification of skills and information useful for practitioners in a variety of professional settings."
Carla M. Curtis, Ohio State University

"Social Policy and Social Programs provides a simple and concise model for analyzing social policies."
William E. Buffum, Barry University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205408122
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Analyzing the social problem background of social policies and social programs 7
2 The judiciary as a shaper of social policy, program, and practice 31
3 An overview of a style of policy analysis : a value-critical approach 49
4 The analysis of policy goals and objectives in social programs and policies 62
5 Who gets what : the analysis of types of benefits and services 90
6 Who gets what, how much, and under what conditions : analysis of eligibility rules 109
7 Analysis of service-delivery systems and social policy and program design 141
8 How do we pay for social welfare policies and programs? : analysis of financing 172
9 Analysis of interactions among policy elements 206
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 215
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