ERIC Number: ED312757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Same Client: The Demographics of Education and Service Delivery Systems.
Hodgkinson, Harold L.
In the United States, services (such as education, health care, housing, and transportation) are provided for citizens by a bewildering array of agencies at many government levels. Service organizations must learn to communicate across functional lines, and educators must become familiar with other service providers at various levels. This means perceiving the client as the most important part of the organizations providing services to that person, family, or group. The rationale is that these agencies are all serving the same children and families as clients. This approach is the most efficient, effective, and humane way to deliver services in an era of diminishing financial resources. Drawing on numerous maps, tables, and statistics, this report explores the complex interrelationships among family demography, housing, transportation, health, crime, and education. Interagency cooperation and taxpayer investment in families' basic needs are essential to prevent future problems (like crime, illiteracy, mental retardation) and reduce the need for costly programs to deal with them. For example, it would be more cost-effective to help low-income families secure affordable housing and to supply small grants to cover broken down cars and medical emergencies than to maintain these same families on welfare. Prisons are another costly service that might be reduced by investing more heavily in early education and college access programs. Recent occupational and demographic trends (including metropolitan areas moving across state lines) are provided to support an interactive, client-centered agenda and recommendations for achieving it. (18 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Correctional Institutions, Demand Occupations, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Futures (of Society), Health Services, Housing, Outcomes of Education, School Demography, Transportation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.