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Needs Assessment In Public Policy by Janie Percy-Smith

Needs Assessment In Public Policy


Needs Assessment In Public Policy by Janie Percy-Smith

Need is increasingly used as the basis for the provision of a range of public services. This timely book examines the ways in which needs are assessed in relation to these services. It examines the theory and practice of needs assessment and presents a series of policy specific case studies where needs assessments are being used, including: health, housing, community care, legal aid and training. Designed for use by students and practitioners involved in social and public policy, this book addresses the theoretical, conceptual and practical issues associated with needs assessment today.

About the Author

Janie Percy-Smith is Principal Lecturer at the Policy Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University where she is responsible for coordinating and developing the Institute's research into needs assessment, community profiling and social auditing. She is co-author of Community Profiling: Auditing Social Needs also published by Open University Press.

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Publication date

1st March 1996


Janie Percy-Smith

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Open University Press


160 pages


Social welfare & social services
Social issues & processes



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