Setting the context: Assessing the effectiveness of faith-based social services

Ram A. Cnaan, Stephanie C. Boddie

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This paper provides an overview of assessing the effectiveness of newly legislated social policies. In an era of growing public reliance on faith-based social services, it is imperative to be accountable and assess the efficacy and effectiveness of this set of providers. It discusses the paucity of such attempts and the complications involved in measuring effectiveness of social programs, especially when religion is involved. It then reviews the contributions provided in this volume and draws conclusions for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Charitable choice
  • Evaluation
  • Faith-based initiatives
  • Faith-based service
  • Program effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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