Changing Agency Policy: An Incremental Approach
This book presents an Action-Strategy model of social change that social workers can use to impact the policy process at the agency level to benefit clients. Social workers must learn to advocate changes in policy at the agency level in order to benefit and empower consumers of social services. The Action-Strategy model will be useful for all social workers whether they are intervening at the agency level or at larger social systems such as regional or state levels. Value issues, ethical considerations, and diversity permeate every aspect of policy making, from formulation of the initial idea to implementation of a new policy. This book discusses values and diversity inherent in the agency policy change process, as well as how these relate to professional social work values. Social work professionals.
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Action-Strategy Model activities administration adult foster agency policy change approach approval benefit Board of Directors change agency policy change effort Change Goal/Idea change idea change strategy Chapter cial clients clients/con clients/consumers Code of Ethics community organization Component culture decision makers developmentally disabled direct service workers discussed dream environment evaluation example existing federal force field analysis foster care homes funding proposal housing authority human service agency human service organizations identified immediate target system implementation important initiate intervention involved ment organization theory organizational organizational climate outcome persons policy practice political position paper practitioner preliminary contract presented profes professional staff public welfare questions responsibility social change social systems social welfare policy social work practice social work students social workers need society Solution-based incrementalism sumers systems theory tion Tropman ultimate target system University of Michigan-Flint value conflict Warren worker and allies