A Model for Human Services Planning: Present and Future

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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


State-level human service planning in West Virginia, as in most states, consists mainly of crisis management and mandated activity summaries of local activities. This paper describes a coordinated planning effort designed to identify future trends in human services in the context of the Reagan Administration's New Federalism. Funded by the West Virginia Department of Human Services, the statewide planning effort was a cooperative effort of the Department, the nonprofit WV Human Resources Association and the WVU School of Social Work. Rather than conducting a conventional Needs Assessment survey, the methodology of the project was to conduct a series of community forums in 15 counties of the state. The paper examines the Trend Study as a model for social planning in other rural states.

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Paper published in Proceedings of the 10th National Institute for Social Work in Rural Areas. Columbia MO. July, 1984.

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