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
Title of host publicationFaith-based social services
Subtitle of host publicationMeasures, assessments, and effectiveness
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780203726259
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2006 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved.


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions


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