Evaluating the effectiveness of faith-based welfare agencies: Methodological challenges and possibilities

Susan E. Grettenberger, John P. Bartkowski, Steven R. Smith

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    This study examines the methodological challenges associated with conducting research on faith-based organizations. The arguments advanced are based on a group of comparative case studies conducted by the authors on secular and faith-based providers in three different social service domains: (1) transitional housing, (2) parent education, and (3) residential substance abuse treatment programs. All case studies utilized the same research protocol. The study identifies the lessons learned from comparative case study research on faith-based organizations when a similar protocol is implemented to examine a variety of social service domains and provider types.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFaith-Based Social Services
    Subtitle of host publicationMeasures, Assessments, and Effectiveness
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9780203726259
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


    • Charitable choice
    • Comparative case studies
    • Faith-based organizations
    • Parent education
    • Substance abuse programs
    • Transitional housing


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