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ERIC Number: EJ803424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Outcomes Evaluation in "Faith"-Based Social Services: Are We Evaluating "Faith" Accurately?
Ferguson, Kristin M.; Wu, Qiaobing; Spruijt-Metz, Donna; Dyrness, Grace
Research on Social Work Practice, v17 n2 p264-276 2007
In response to a recent call for research on the effectiveness of faith-based organizations, this article synthesizes how effectiveness has been defined and measured in evaluation research of faith-based programs. Although evidence indicates that religion can have a positive impact on individuals' well-being, no prior comprehensive review exists of the literature on the effectiveness of faith-based social service programs. Adopting the systematic review method, the authors explore how researchers have conceptualized and operationalized effectiveness and faith. The authors identify trends and limitations across studies and conclude with implications for researchers and practitioners interested in examining and delivering faith-based social services. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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