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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


The creation or adaptation of planning tools will in all probability be an integral feature of the future development of social planning practice. One tool that offers a great deal of potential utility if it can be adapted to the constraints of the social planning milieu is matrix analysis utilizing input-output matrices. The specific focus of the proposed study is on the public welfare system of theaged in the United States. The fundamental hypothesis of the proposed matrix model proposed here is that the general overall characteristic most representative of the system of public social welfare for the aged is the transmission of benefits between the two major structural elements of the system: service providers and recipients or beneficiaries. The proposal contains a series of 10 graphics illustrating various components of the proposed matrix.

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This was originally prepared as a dissertation proposal at the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare. A completely different proposal came about later after consultation with my faculty advisor.


I abandoned this project as a dissertation proposal after being unable to locate a sufficient number of interested faculty committee members and took it up again later after receiving my degree.



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