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Impact – Information Management, Public Access, Community Transformation: Year Two Evaluation Report, September 1, 2001 Through August 31, 2002, Oscar Gutierrez, John Mcgah Dec 2002

Impact – Information Management, Public Access, Community Transformation: Year Two Evaluation Report, September 1, 2001 Through August 31, 2002, Oscar Gutierrez, John Mcgah

Center for Social Policy Publications

The goals of the IMPACT project are “to improve access to and delivery of human services for low-income residents, strengthen community planning and resource allocation, and enhance understanding of data on homelessness can be gathered and aggregated on local and national levels to accurately capture the scope of the problem and the effectiveness of efforts to ameliorate it.”

The Center for Social Policy (CSP), McCormack Institute at the University of UMass Boston was commissioned to produce a series of evaluation reports of the IMPACT project; this is the second of three reports covering year two activity of the IMPACT. The ...


University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 04 - December 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston Dec 2002

University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 04 - December 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston

1996-2009, University Reporter

No abstract provided.


University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 03.2 (Special Edition) - December 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston Dec 2002

University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 03.2 (Special Edition) - December 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston

1996-2009, University Reporter

No abstract provided.


From Paper To Action: State-Level Interagency Agreements For Supported Employment Of People With Disabilities, Deborah Metzel, Susan M. Foley, John Butterworth Dec 2002

From Paper To Action: State-Level Interagency Agreements For Supported Employment Of People With Disabilities, Deborah Metzel, Susan M. Foley, John Butterworth

All Institute for Community Inclusion Publications

Over the past decade there has been an increasing national emphasis on the participation of individuals with disabilities in the labor force. This concern was recognized through Executive Order No. 13078 signed by President Bill Clinton in March 1998, establishing the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities. The Task Force was charged with a mission "to create a coordinated and aggressive policy to bring adults with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general adult population" (Section 1 (c)). Legislation and policy changes have also been directed ...


Research To Practice: Collaboration Between Medicaid And Other State Agencies- Findings From The National Survey Of State Systems And Employment For People With Disabilities, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, Dana Scott Gilmore, Susan Foley Dec 2002

Research To Practice: Collaboration Between Medicaid And Other State Agencies- Findings From The National Survey Of State Systems And Employment For People With Disabilities, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, Dana Scott Gilmore, Susan Foley

Research to Practice Series, Institute for Community Inclusion

Many state Medicaid agencies are playing a greater role in multi-agency efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. This brief uses data from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities to explore the varieties of collaboration Medicaid agencies are using and the agencies they are collaborating with.


Employee Preferences As A Factor In Pension Participation By Minority Workers, Yung-Ping Chen, Thomas D. Leavitt Nov 2002

Employee Preferences As A Factor In Pension Participation By Minority Workers, Yung-Ping Chen, Thomas D. Leavitt

Gerontology Institute Publications

This project was designed to shed light on the widening gap between white and minority pension coverage during recent years. The hypothesis under investigation is that the divergence in white/minority coverage may be due in part to differences in the rates at which white and minority workers are choosing to participate in voluntary salary reduction plans. The availability of such plans has increased explosively in the past decade or so.


University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 03.1 - November 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston Nov 2002

University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 03.1 - November 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston

1996-2009, University Reporter

No abstract provided.


Institute Brief: Achieving Quality Services: A Checklist For Evaluating Your Agency, Doris Hamner, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, David Hoff Nov 2002

Institute Brief: Achieving Quality Services: A Checklist For Evaluating Your Agency, Doris Hamner, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, David Hoff

The Institute Brief Series, Institute for Community Inclusion

This checklist can help staff and directors at One-Stop Career Centers and state and private agencies evaluate the quality and responsiveness of their services to job seekers with disabilities. Areas covered include access to resources, agency culture, coordination, and consumer-directedness.


Cuba, Social Policy At A Crossroads: Maintaining Priorities, Transforming Practice, Miren Uriarte Nov 2002

Cuba, Social Policy At A Crossroads: Maintaining Priorities, Transforming Practice, Miren Uriarte

Gastón Institute Publications

From the beginning of the Cuban revolution in 1959, the model of social development has underscored equity across society and universal access. Full responsibility rests on government to fund and deliver social entitlements. These values have framed the development and implementation of social policy during the last 40 years. During this time Cuba has instituted free and universally accessible health care and education and has built on its formerly weak pension system to develop a universal and government sponsored one.

Cuba's safety net of benefits includes protection of workers' employment and housing, food subsidies, utilities and other necessities, and ...


University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 02 - October 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston Oct 2002

University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 02 - October 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston

1996-2009, University Reporter

No abstract provided.


Economic Currents: The State Of The State Economy, Alan Clayton-Matthews Oct 2002

Economic Currents: The State Of The State Economy, Alan Clayton-Matthews

Public Policy and Public Affairs Faculty Publication Series

Massachusetts is still in a recession. Forecasts made earlier in the year — that the state economy would be experiencing modest growth by now — have been revised. Instead, it continues to contract. Joining long-suffering sectors such as technology and manufacturing, finance and state government are now making employment cuts. Even consumers, whose continued spending has been a last stronghold of the state economy, are showing signs of distress. Will the Commonwealth follow the nation on the road to recovery, or is our trajectory taking us elsewhere?


Editor’S Note: “Spiritual Renaissances & Social Reconstructions”, Mohammad H. Tamdgidi Oct 2002

Editor’S Note: “Spiritual Renaissances & Social Reconstructions”, Mohammad H. Tamdgidi

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Teaching courses originally intended for Dr. Donald A. Nielsen, who retired last year from the Department of Sociology at the State University College of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta, I recently found the brief note “I miss Dr. Nielsen!” among the student evaluations of my “Ideas and Ideologies” class offered during the Fall 2002 semester. Paradoxically, the note also reminded me that I actually miss him too, despite the brief period of our face-toface interactions towards the end of his tenure. Thankfully, just before leaving Oneonta, and having warmly received the first issue of Human Architecture, Dr. Nielsen had kindly ...


Anti-Man To Anti-Patriarchy, Emily Margulies Oct 2002

Anti-Man To Anti-Patriarchy, Emily Margulies

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

It is the fourth month of my junior year in college and I feel like my mind has suddenly been opened. It is an awakening to be able to take a step back and look at the macro level forces that have permeated my way of thinking and recognize the effect they’ve had on my life. When I first began to explore the feminist inside of me, I focused on micro level situations such as my parents, relationships, and daily activities. After further inquiry I realized that behind all of these things were bigger issues and stronger forces that ...


Conspicuous Conflict, L. M. Damian Oct 2002

Conspicuous Conflict, L. M. Damian

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

For millennia, the human race has had the ability to manipulate its environment for its own benefit. This ability gives members of the species a feeling of power to which many of them become fixated. The more easily or effectively they can do the manipulating, the greater the euphoria and prestige they gain.

Power is a means to achieve happiness for some, but it does not equal happiness. There has been an underlying dogma in many ideas about life, society, and politics that glorifies power and prestige, urges everybody to acquire them, and promotes inequality. People seek political influence over ...


Repairing The Soul: Matching Inner With Outer Beauty, Kristy Canfield Oct 2002

Repairing The Soul: Matching Inner With Outer Beauty, Kristy Canfield

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

The human soul has the capacity to deal with hardships if they directly correlate to society’s standards of what is acceptable. But what happens to one’s spirit when unfortunate circumstances cause one to face a life full of abnormalities? How is one expected to maintain a positive outlook on life when one is constantly viewed by others as different and shunned because of it? Many individuals have experienced oppression based on issues of difference and depending on their sociological perception of their own identity sink or continue to swim against strong waves.


Defying The Sweatshop, Sociologically Speaking, Steve Sacco Oct 2002

Defying The Sweatshop, Sociologically Speaking, Steve Sacco

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Sweatshops can produce anything from toys to designer jeans to computer chips, anything made in a factory—and the term has even been used to apply to the conditions under which those who pick coffee beans for companies like Starbucks, or tomatoes for companies like Taco Bell, endure in the hot sun for far too many hours, for far too little pay. In Mexico, factories with these kinds of appalling working conditions are called Machiladoras. But why do these horrid working conditions exist and who keeps contracting them to make things?


The Struggles And Predicaments Of Low-Income Families And Children In Poverty, Jennifer Vanfleet Oct 2002

The Struggles And Predicaments Of Low-Income Families And Children In Poverty, Jennifer Vanfleet

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Poverty can be considered a chain reaction often affecting generation after generation, a chain reaction that often interferes with health care, food consumption, resources, transportation, living arrangements, proper clothing, water supply, heat supply, electricity and phone service. Many families have needs that by far surpass the needs mentioned above. Many of us have no idea what it is to live in poverty.


My Translucent Father, Katie J. Dubaj Oct 2002

My Translucent Father, Katie J. Dubaj

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Mencius said in 290 B.C. that “The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart” (VanSell). I believe that my father has done a wonderful job at losing his children’s hearts. He has lost mine almost completely. He has become a fool for his misguided ways in his life. He is losing a great deal more than he knows. He has lost his daughter’s hearts, and thus their lives. My father is translucent. He is nothing more than a ghost who will haunt the lives of his first family from now until the ...


Mom And Dad’S Waltz: A Dance Of Love And Sacrifice, Rena Dangerfield Oct 2002

Mom And Dad’S Waltz: A Dance Of Love And Sacrifice, Rena Dangerfield

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

I was born in 1951 in Peru, Indiana, to Martha Mary and Wallace Dangerfield, the sixth of seven children, and the fourth daughter. Due to the fact that there is a twenty years’ difference between my oldest and youngest siblings, there were only my sisters Vicki and Rita and me at home until my little brother was born in 1958. My oldest brother Tom had joined the Navy straight out of high school and was married and starting his own family shortly after. My next oldest brother, Larry, was honorably discharged from the Navy when he was discovered to be ...


The Dialectics Of World-History: A Guiding Thread, Mohammad H. Tamdgidi Oct 2002

The Dialectics Of World-History: A Guiding Thread, Mohammad H. Tamdgidi

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In what follows, I will make an effort to sketch a dialectical conception of world-history in its broad outlines, critically integrating useful elements from the guiding threads found in Marx, Gurdjieff, and Mannheim. The purpose is to sketch an alternative guiding thread which incorporates human conscious and intentional action as a determining force in shaping major events, phases, and directions of world-historical change. Also central to the guiding thread is a conscious awareness of the divides in human inner and broader social life, of the dialectics of personal and global narratives shaping world-history in terms of the dialectics of part ...


Honor Thy Father And Mother, Nancy Chapin Oct 2002

Honor Thy Father And Mother, Nancy Chapin

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Parents are transmitters of attitudes that the child adopts in forming a self-image. Our personal narratives are initially largely constructed through our relationship with our parents or other significant adults. The relationship that we form with our parents is elemental to the concept of self, forming the base of our identity. Neurologist Oliver Sacks (2001:4) proffers that the world does not have a predetermined structure: our structuring of the world is our own—our brains create structures in the light of our experiences. What happens in our minds and bodies works synergistically to give meaning to our lives. Our ...


Religion, Utopia, And Ideology: Reflections On The Problems Of Spiritual Renaissance And Social Reconstruction In The Sociology Of Karl Mannheim, Donald A. Nielsen Oct 2002

Religion, Utopia, And Ideology: Reflections On The Problems Of Spiritual Renaissance And Social Reconstruction In The Sociology Of Karl Mannheim, Donald A. Nielsen

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

The contemporary spiritual situation of western humanity extends back especially to the nineteenth century. Although our contemporary civilizational crises have deeper roots in the sixteenth and seventeenth and, ultimately, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, new and distinctive phases of our experience began to become evident from the nineteenth century forward and have continued apace in different forms into the present.3 From the present standpoint, the 1830s and ‘40s represent a particularly decisive breaking point with the past and a line of continuity with the present.4 Whether we characterize the situation as “modern” or “Post-modern” (or some combination of ...


Case Studies On The Implementation Of The Workforce Investment Act: Spotlight On Maine, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Sheila Fesko, Allison Cohen Hall Oct 2002

Case Studies On The Implementation Of The Workforce Investment Act: Spotlight On Maine, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Sheila Fesko, Allison Cohen Hall

Case Studies Series, Institute for Community Inclusion

The implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) requires major organizational change for employment and training agencies. The initiative emphasizes coordination, collaboration and communication among organizations for better service delivery. At this time, states are developing systems that will enable them to address the needs of all customers seeking employment. The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has conducted state case studies for two purposes: (1) to identify how states have begun the process of collaboration under the new mandates of WIA; and (2) to understand the impact on customers with disabilities. This is the third in a series of publications ...


Tools For Inclusion: A Common Path: Navigating Your Way To Successful Negotiations In The Workplace, Kelly Crow, Susan Foley Oct 2002

Tools For Inclusion: A Common Path: Navigating Your Way To Successful Negotiations In The Workplace, Kelly Crow, Susan Foley

Tools for Inclusion Series, Institute for Community Inclusion

Asking for job accommodations can feel intimidating, especially if an individual has decided not to disclose his or her disability. The good news is that this negotiation can be, in fact, rewarding and empowering. The Working It Out Together project asked experts for tactics to create win-win situations.


The Power Of The Urban Canvas: Paint, Politics, And Mural Art Policy, Maura E. Greaney Sep 2002

The Power Of The Urban Canvas: Paint, Politics, And Mural Art Policy, Maura E. Greaney

New England Journal of Public Policy

In cities across America, outdoor mural paintings have brought public art to the urban landscape. Paint and politics have been splashed upon city walls for decades, replacing bleak, often graffitied, exteriors with vibrant color. But this transformation runs deeper than the artistry of the murals; the real works of art are the changes these collaborative projects inspire within communities. Mural projects mobilize communities to articulate dreams, express frustrations, and most importantly, consider strategies for change. Thus, they are a worthy consideration for public policymakers. This case study traces the contemporary mural movement in three cities: Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles ...


Editor's Note, Padraig O'Malley Sep 2002

Editor's Note, Padraig O'Malley

New England Journal of Public Policy

This issue of the journal is a special issue of a different kind. It highlights the research capabilities of students in the Institute’s Masters of Science in Public Affairs (MSPA) program. The Director of the Institute, Ed Beard, has more to say about the program in his introduction. Suffice to say that tooting one’s own horn is occasionally permissible, especially if one has much to toot about. The three articles that appear in this issue were chosen after careful review with one criterion uppermost in mind: do they meet the standards that merit publication in a professional journal ...


From The Director, Edmund Beard Sep 2002

From The Director, Edmund Beard

New England Journal of Public Policy

Presents information on the Master of Science in Public Affairs graduate program and how this issue includes three of their best Case Studies of last year’s graduating class.


The Citizens Health Prescription: Coping With Rising Drug Costs, Shannon Cadres Sep 2002

The Citizens Health Prescription: Coping With Rising Drug Costs, Shannon Cadres

New England Journal of Public Policy

Prescription drug prices have climbed to unaffordable levels in recent years, creating a serious public policy problem for lawmakers at both the state and federal levels. The U.S. Medicare program only covers the costs of inpatient prescription drugs, and only seventy-five percent of beneficiaries are receiving coverage through some other means. But because of the tremendous power of the pharmaceutical industry on Capitol Hill, lawmakers in Washington have been unable to agree upon a workable solution. As a result, many states are experimenting with different strategies to provide some relief. Massachusetts has attempted to solve the problem through the ...


The Tide Is High For The Boston Beaches, Marissa Glowac Sep 2002

The Tide Is High For The Boston Beaches, Marissa Glowac

New England Journal of Public Policy

In 1993, Massachusetts Governor William Weld and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino approved the “Back to the Beaches” project, a seven-year, $30.5 million public project to restore nineteen Boston Harbor beaches. Today, these sites have new, cleaner sand, improved access, and new amenities and facilities now ready to offer additional opportunities for recreation. People are coming back to the Boston Harbor beaches in numbers significantly higher than a decade ago. This study concludes that the implementation and success of the “Back to the Beaches” project can be attributed to several factors — an increased public awareness of the value of open ...


University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 01 - September 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston Sep 2002

University Reporter - Vol. 07, No. 01 - September 2002, University Of Massachusetts Boston

1996-2009, University Reporter

No abstract provided.