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Social Policy and Social Programs A Method for the Practical Public Policy Analyst

ISBN-10: 0205222943
ISBN-13: 9780205222940
Edition: 6th 2013
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Book details

List price: $137.47
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/6/2012
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 288
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Explores the basics of social policy and program analysis, such as designing new programs or evaluating and improving existing ones. Social Policy and Social Programs is distinctive in providing specific criteria for judging the effectiveness of social policies and programs. These criteria can be applied to the analysis of widely different social services such as counseling and therapeutic services, supportive assistance, and “hard” benefits like food stamps, cash, and housing vouchers. By focusing especially on social problems, policies, and programs in major practice areas like child welfare, health, poverty, and mental illness, the author provides students with the tools they need to understand and evaluate the programs in which they are doing their field placements. Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Analyze the effectiveness of current social programs Create new programs based on the criteria provided Apply what they have learned to evaluate their field placement programs Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205222943 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205222940.

Creating The Context For Social Policy Analysis: The Social Problem Context
Analyzing the Social Problem Background of Social Policies and Social Programs
A Style Of Policy Analysis For The Practical Public Policy Analyst
An Overview of a Style of Policy Analysis: A Value-Critical Approach
the Analysis of Policy Goals and Objectives in Social Programs and Policies
Who Gets What: the Analysis of Types of Benefits and Services
Who Gets What, How Much, and Under What Conditions: Analysis of Eligibility Rules
Analysis of Service-Delivery Systems and Social Policy and Program Design
How Do We Pay for Social Welfare Policies and Programs? Analysis of Financing
Analysis of Interactions among Policy Elements
Analysis Of Social Policies And Social Programs Using Basic Concepts And Evaluation Criteria: An Example
An Example of Social Policy and Social Program Analysis: Selected Features of Federal Child Welfare Legislation since 1970 Concerned with Child Abuse
Notes
Photo Credits
Index
Preface
Creating The Context For Social Policy Analysis: The Social Problem Context
Analyzing the Social Problem Background of Social Policies and Social Programs
The Nature of Social Problems
Social Problem Analysis
Problem Definition
Causes and Consequences
Ideology and Values
Gainers and Losers
Using the Conclusions of Social Problem Analysis to Design Social Policies and Programs and to Judge Their "Fit" to the Social Problem
Summary
A Style Of Policy Analysis For The Practical Public Policy Analyst
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
Summary
the Analysis of Policy Goals and Objectives in Social Programs and Policies
Introduction
Definitions and Basic Concepts for Analysis of Goals and Objectives
Different Types of Goals and Objectives
Long-Term/Short-Term Goals and Objectives
Goals Differ from Latent Social Functions
Distinguishing between Goals and Objectives
Objectives (Not Goals) Must Contain Target Group Specifications and Performance Standards
Why Have Both Goals and Objectives?
Setting Goals and Objectives in the Personal Social Services
Social Control and Program and Practice Objectives
Goals and Objectives Vary According to the Developmental Stage of the Program
Methods of Identifying Goals and Objectives
Locate the Enabling Legislation
Locate Legislative History
Locate Staff and Committee Studies and Reports
Check Other "Official" Sources
Locating Sources for Goals and Objectives in State-Administered and Private Social Programs
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
Adequacy
Equity With Respect to Goals and Objectives
Efficiency With Respect to Goals and Objectives
Some Evaluation Criteria Unique to Goals and Objectives
Clarity
Measurability
Manipulability
Concern with Outcomes, Not Services Provided
The Analyst's Own Value Perspectives in Evaluating the Merit of Goals and Objectives
Summary
Who Gets What: the Analysis of Types of Benefits and Services
Introduction
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
Stigmatization, Cost-Effectiveness, Substitutability, Target Efficiency, and Trade-Offs
The Political and Public Administration Viewpoint
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
Summary
Who Gets What, How Much, and Under What Conditions: Analysis of Eligibility Rules
Introduction
Types of Eligibility Rules
Eligibility Rules Based on Prior Contributions
Eligibility by Administrative Rule and Regulation
Eligibility by Private Contract
Eligibility by Professional Discretion
Eligibility by Administrative Discretion
Eligibility by Judicial Decision
Eligibility by Means Testing
Establishing Attachment to the Workforce
Eligibility Inclusion and Exclusion
Criteria for Evaluating the Merit of Eligibility Rules
Fit with the Social Problem Analysis
Criteria Specific to Eligibility Rules
Trade-Offs in Evaluating Eligibility Rules
Overwhelming Costs, Overutilization, and Underutilization
Work Disincentives, Incentives, and Eligibility Rules
Procreational Incentives, Marital Instability, and Generational Dependency
Opportunities for Political Interference via Weak Eligibility Rules
Summary
Analysis of Service-Delivery Systems and Social Policy and Program Design
Introduction
Social Policy and Program Design
Program Theory (The Logic Model)
Program Specification
Some Different Types of Administration and Delivery of Social Service Programs, Benefits, and Services
Centralized Service-Delivery Systems
Client-Centered Management and "Inverted Hierarchy" Service-Delivery Systems
Federated Service-Delivery Organizations
Case-Management Service-Delivery Systems
Staffing with Indigenous Workers as a Service-Delivery Strategy
Referral Agencies in Delivering Social Service
Program Consumer/Beneficiary, Client-Controlled Organizations as a Service-Delivery Strategy
Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Agencies as a Service-Delivery Strategy
Privatization of Service Delivery
Criteria for Evaluating Program Administration and Service Delivery
Introduction
Services and Benefits Should Be Integrated and Continuous
Services and Benefits Should Be Easily Accessible
Organizations Should Be Accountable for Their Actions and Decisions
Citizens and Consumers Should Be Participating in Organizational Decision Making
Organizations and Their Staff Must Be Able to Relate to Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Diversity
Organizations Must Resist the Temptation to Self-Perpetuate
Summary
How Do We Pay for Social Welfare Policies and Programs? Analysis of Financing
Introduction
Evaluative Criteria Specific to Financing
Analysis of Interactions among Policy Elements
Introduction
Coentitlement
Disentitlement
Contrary Effects
Duplication
Summary
Analysis Of Social Policies And Social Programs Using Basic Concepts And Evaluation Criteria: An Example
An Example of Social Policy and Social Program Analysis: Selected Features of Federal Child Welfare Legislation since 1970 Concerned with Child Abuse
The Social Problem Context
Definition of the Social Problem
The Ideological Perspective
Causal Analysis
Gainers and Losers
The Judicial Context
The Historical Context
The Social Program and Policy System
Introduction
Goals and Objectives
Eligibility Rules
Form of Benefit and/or Service
Administration and Service Delivery
Financing
Interactions between Basic Policy Elements and between This and Other Programs
Notes
Photo Credits
Index

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