Connecting Policy to Practice in the Human Service:

ISBN-10: 019541859X
ISBN-13: 9780195418590
Edition: 2nd 2003
Author(s): Brian Wharf
Description: Traditionally, human services policy has been made by people whose own lives are unaffected by their decisions. As a consequence, that policy often fails to meet the needs of service users. In this second edition of Connecting Policy to Practice, as  More...
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Binding: Paperback
Language: English

Traditionally, human services policy has been made by people whose own lives are unaffected by their decisions. As a consequence, that policy often fails to meet the needs of service users. In this second edition of Connecting Policy to Practice, as in the first, Wharf and McKenzie suggest that a more inclusive process will produce better results. Following a careful examination of current practices, they look at a number of alternative strategies, including shared decision-making, policy communities, community governance, and family group conference.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Notes on Contributors
Policy-Making and the Lack of Inclusiveness in the Human Services
Introduction
Policy: What Is It and Who Makes It?
What is Policy?
The Current Policy Environment and Who Makes Policy
Policy-Making Models and Their Connection to Practice
Generic Policy-Making Models
Assessing How Policy-Making Models Connect to Practice
Stages and Structures in the Policy-Making Process
The Stages of the Policy-Making Process
Structures in Policy-Making
Analysing and Evaluating Social Policies
Policy Analysis in the Human Services
Using a Special Lens for Policy Analysis
An Integrated Model for Policy Analysis
The Role of Research and Evaluation in Policy Analysis
Implementation: The Interface Between Policy and Practice
Early Research on Implementation
Implementation and the Impact on Practice
Future Directions
Toward an Inclusive Paradigm in Policy-Making
Shared Decision-Making: A Case Study
The Case for a Shared Decision-Making Model
The Work of the Commission on Resources and the Environment
The Lessons and Limitations of Public Participation
Conclusion
A Policy Community: Developing Guardianship Legislation
Introduction and Context
The Process of Legislative Change
A Postscript: Summer 1993-Winter 1997-8--Waiting for Proclamation
Personal Reflections
Addendum
Community Governance
What Do We Mean by 'Community'?
What Do We Mean by 'Governance'?
The Advantages of Community Governance
The Disadvantages of Community Governance
Examples of Community Governance
The Effectiveness of Community Governance
Toward a Resolution
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Toward Inclusiveness in Policy and Practice
A New Kind of Professional?
A Concluding Comment
Appendix
A Social Policy Analysis of the 1996 Federal Reforms to Unemployment Insurance
Notes
References
Index

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