The need to assess the effectiveness of faith-based social interventions is pressing. On the one hand, politicians and pundits claim that faith-based organizations are impressively successful and inexpensive. On the other hand, critics claim that faith-based organizations lack the capacity to carry out social services. However, rigorously-collected empirical data is just beginning to appear and is still in short supply, particularly congregations. in this paper, we discuss some critical methodological and conceptual problems that arise from years of academic neglect of faith-based social service provision. We demonstrate how our attempt to create a comprehensive account of congregation-based social services in Philadelphia necessitated defining even such basic terms as “congregation” and devising novel methods for identifying and gathering information from congregations.
|Title of host publication||Faith-Based Social Services|
|Subtitle of host publication||Measures, Assessments, and Effectiveness|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
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- Faith-based interventions
- Faith-based social services
- Faithbased organizations
- Program effectiveness
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (all)
- Health Professions (all)