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Citizens, clients, and consumers : building social capital

Author: Gary Wehlage; Julia A White; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
Publisher: Madison, WI : Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research ; [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Educational Resources Information Center, [1995]
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : National government publication : Microfiche : English
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This paper addresses the potential of various proposals to reform a broad group of human-service organizations. It challenges two reform strategies that currently receive considerable attention. One strategy promotes collaboration among human-service organizations in an effort to deliver services to clients more efficiently and effectively. A second approach relies on a marketplace model to give consumers of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Opinion Papers
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Wehlage; Julia A White; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 34405315
Notes: Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
Shipping list no.: 96-0177-M.
Reproduction Notes: Microfiche. [Washington, D.C.] : Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1995]. 1 microfiche.
Description: 1 volume
Other Titles: Building social capital
Responsibility: Gary G. Wehlage and Julie A. White.

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This paper addresses the potential of various proposals to reform a broad group of human-service organizations. It challenges two reform strategies that currently receive considerable attention. One strategy promotes collaboration among human-service organizations in an effort to deliver services to clients more efficiently and effectively. A second approach relies on a marketplace model to give consumers of services greater choice in an effort to make organizations more responsive to people's needs. It is argued that these two reform strategies focus too much on process--collaboration and consumer choice--and fail to give adequate considerations to outcomes and goals. They both take for granted the goal of increasing the independence of individual clients or consumers. They fail to address the collective needs of people and communities and do not recognize membership in a community as a resource. In contrast, the paper argues that the goal of human services should be to foster interdependence among people through the development of "social capital"--strengthening the organization of families, neighborhoods, and communities. New York City's Beacons program, in which citizen participation is a norm, is described as a promising example of the school-centered, citizen-participation model of institutional reform. (Lmi).

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