Connecting Social Welfare Policy to Fields of Practice by Ira C. Colby

By Ira C. Colby

Invaluable assistance and recommendation for growing optimistic switch in social policy

Edited by means of a group of well known specialists, Connecting Social Welfare coverage to Fields of Practice positive factors contributions from leaders during this box offering various views on varied themes. This visionary advisor equips social staff to proactively interact in coverage perform to persuade particular policies.

Designed as a social welfare coverage perform textual content for undergraduate and graduate scholars in social paintings courses, this e-book meets the Council on Social paintings Education's (CSWE) academic coverage and Accreditation criteria (EPAS).

Each bankruptcy starts with an overarching query and "what if" eventualities, and ends with a collection of advised key phrases, on-line assets, and dialogue questions.

Connecting Social Welfare coverage to Fields of Practice addresses particular populations inside of a large choice of perform arenas, including:

  • Social welfare coverage and politics
  • Aging within the United States
  • Public psychological healthiness coverage within the United States
  • Disability coverage development
  • Health-care policy
  • Urban housing policy
  • Child welfare policy
  • Redefining the welfare kingdom in a world economy

Global in context, Connecting Social Welfare coverage to Fields of Practice encourages these within the social paintings career to turn into at once engaged with contributors, households, teams, and groups within the crafting of neutral public guidelines for marginalized participants of society.

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To promote the well-being of clients, consumers, and citizens. 3. To create effective opposition to “bad” policies and to pressure decision makers to adopt or keep “good” policies. 4. To alter who the governmental decision makers are. Hoefer (2012) describes advocacy practice, which he defines as a practice model to affect client outcomes in nongovernmental as well as 31 32 Connecting Social Welfare Policy to Fields of Practice governmental processes. He presents a series of steps that are analogous to the model of generalist practice taught in many schools of social work, thus highlighting the similarity between advocacy practice and other types of social work practice.

International policy practice requires a thorough understanding of every area that will be affected. Action Planning In some situations practitioners may be asked only to analyze policy and provide a recommended solution or solutions. At other times they may need to develop a strategy for bringing the change to fruition. Although this might seem a daunting task, a similar process is included in any CSWE-accredited MSSW program in the form of strategic planning. In strategic planning an overall mission statement is prepared, then goals, objectives, and tasks are identified.

Policy outcome evaluation uses one or more of the forms of professional analysis discussed in an earlier section. Perhaps in most cases it involves an outcome evaluation design that looks at target conditions that existed before a new policy was introduced and compares them to those conditions after the policy has gone into effect. For example, Alma’s group might track income, referrals to child welfare, homelessness, and medical service utilization rates. If income increased among the target client group and referrals to child welfare, homelessness, and medical service utilization Policy Practice among the target client group decreased, this might be seen as evidence that the team’s policy intervention was effective.

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