Assessment tools: for practitioners, managers, and trainers

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Sage Publications, 1982 - Law - 192 pages
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Assessment Tools provides a series of proven techniques for assessing a wide range of activities in human service programmes. Lauffer draws on the experiences of professionals in assessing individuals and families, in organizing voluntary associations at the community level, in training and staff development, in programme planning, and in agency management. Task analysis, the nominal group technique, force field analysis -- all concepts or procedures drawn from the social sciences -- are clearly explained and illustrated in a format that follows case examples with a discussion of the history of each tool and its multiple uses. Lauffer shows the advantages of applying different techniques to the same job. Checklists, glossaries of terms, examples of questionnaires or simulation aids, and lists of further reading enhance the book's value as a practical guide to gathering and organizing information for decision-making.

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Armand Lauffer’s books are widely read. Since Community Organizers and Social Planners appeared in 1972, he has authored 20 books and edited two anthologies on organizations, community practice, training, fundraising, continuing education and staff development, and management in nonprofit organizations. Understanding Your Social Agency has been continuously in print since 1977. The current edition is much expanded. It draws on both classic and contemporary practice and theory, to provide users with hands-on tools for understanding their social agencies and improving their performance.

A series editor for SAGE since 1977, his books have been published by a number of firms, among them: SAGE, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and the Free Press.

A co-founder of ACOSA (the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration), Lauffer pioneered the establishment of a number of professional associations and academic units, both at the University of Michigan, from which he retired in 2001, and abroad. His consultative work on nonprofit management, community organizing, and fundraising has taken him across North America, Israel, Europe, and the Former Soviet Union. He currently makes his home in Jerusalem.