Assessing the local need for family and child care services: A small area utilization analysis

Andrew Percy, Roy Carr-Hill, Paul Dixon, James Q. Jamison

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This article reports the findings of a study to develop a new method for allocating resources to family and child care services within Northern Ireland. Downloads from financial and client databases, together with a survey of social worker case activity, were used to estimate utilization costs across 500 local areas. Regression techniques were then used to account for variations in these costs in terms of local socioeconomic conditions. The resultant needs index represents a fair and equitable means of allocating central family and child care budgets to local units of management and service delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-553
Number of pages19
JournalChild Welfare
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2000


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