Schema for analyzing social welfare programs Essays

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University of the West Indies
Soci 2023- Social Policy and Administration I
Unit 3- A framework for understanding social welfare policy
Discussion Question
Ralph Dolgoff and Ronald Feldstein proposed a schema for examining Welfare programs in their text, Understanding Social Welfare: A search for social justice. This schema gives three basic areas under which these programs could be examined. These areas are that of structural components, alternative program characteristics and ways to evaluate the program. All of the aforementioned areas will be examined in this paper, in relation to a local Social Welfare program - The Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme.
Structural Components Dolgoff and Feldstein highlight five (5)
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The Ministry of the People and Social Development were allocated funds specifically to operate programs like these.
The last characteristic, administration, is concerned with how the programme is administered, by whom and at what level of government (Dolgoff & Feldstein, 2009). The Minister of People and Social Development governs the TCCT programme and he is followed by the director, the deputy director, 13 regional managers (1 for each district), 13 regional co-ordinators, liaison officers, family case-workers, clerks and on the job trainees.
Together the ability to identify these 5 characteristics helps students to be knowledgeable and analytical when looking at the framework of social welfare programmes and social policy by extension.
Alternative Program Characteristics
The second area in which social welfare programmes may be examined is with respect to alternative program characteristics. According to the authors of the schema, even with the basic structure examined above, “there are different ways in which the program may be organised and different philosophies it may embody” (Dolgoff & Felstein, 2009). This is where the necessity for an evaluation of the alternative program characteristics comes into play. When evaluating the aforementioned, questions as to whether the programme is residual, institutional, developmental, or a socioeconomic asset development have to be asked. In addition, it has to be determined whether the program is selective

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