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Social Planning

Donna Hardina

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online April 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0123
Social Planning

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Social planning is a process for planning social services programs, services, and policies. Government agencies engage in large-scale development, research, and planning to address social problems. For example, the Social Security program during the Great Depression and the antipoverty programs of the 1960s were developed by government planners relying on research, previous theories, and model programs initiated by local, state, and foreign governments. However, nonprofit agencies, local planning councils, and community groups also plan services and programs to address community needs. The term “social planning” is used generically to describe the planning of social services or efforts to improve the quality of life in communities. Social planning is also referred to as “neighborhood planning” if it takes place in community settings. Planning education is typically offered in graduate programs in urban planning, public health, and social work, but the emphasis on the types and venues appropriate for planning differ by discipline.

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Subjects: Social Work

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