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Does Decentralization Increase Government Responsiveness to Local Needs?

This paper examines whether decentralization increases the responsiveness of public investment to local needs using a unique database from Bolivia. Empirical tests show that investment patterns in human capital and social services changed significantly after decentralization. These changes are...

Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Social Work Field Education

Given the vital part that practicum education plays in the social work profession, understanding the views of field instructors on this subject is essential. The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University surveyed 283 field instructors within 180 agencies and found that the...

The Impact of Trauma Work: A meta-synthesis on vicarious trauma and vicarious trauma growth

Workers who have been traumatized of both vicarious trauma (VT) and various posttraumatic growth (VPTG) have a high potential of short-long term of distress using a meta-synthesis. Psychological impact can be managed through personal and organizational coping strategies. It was also found that...

Conducting a Community Needs Assessment: Primary data collection techniques

This research paper contains techniques on gathering new information to assess community needs. It details five techniques to effectively identify the current situation of the community and the local needs, these are (1) the key informant approach; (2) the public forum approach; (3) the nominal...

Strength in Numbers: How does data-driven decision making affect firm performance?

This article examines whether performance is higher in firms that emphasize data­-driven decision making. The research shows that firms that use data-driven decision making gain 5-6% higher outputs and productivity compared to what was expected.

Participatory Action Research

Participatory action research (PAR) is driven predominantly by a desire for positive social change. Growing out of social and educational research, it is one of the few research approaches embracing the principles of participation and critical reflection. It closely parallels the purpose of social...

Summary Report of the 3rd Annual Global Social Service Workforce Symposium

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance hosted its 3rd Annual Symposium on June 2nd, 2016. The event was held at the Birdsall House Conference Center in Washington, DC and also via live webcast. Just over 300 participants from 25 countries across NGOs, government, academia, donors and others...

An Evaluation of the Community-Based Care and Support Services for Older Persons in a Specific Community

A comparison of the viewpoints of social workers, social work department officials and receivers of care about their roles and responsibilities within the community and their understanding of the roles of others.  The evaluation found that while most participants understand the system there was a...

Consequence of Adult HIV for Affected Children: Modelling the impact (full report)

The PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council, undertook a three-phase project, including a review of the evidence linking children affected by HIV and AIDS to consequences for their...

Report Highlights: Modeling the impact of HIV on affected children

In order to more accurately identify the long-term consequences of the HIV epidemic for children, the PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council, undertook a three-phase project to create...

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