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The Quality Dimension. Evaluating Quality of Service and Quality of Life in Human Services

STEPHEN P. OSBORNE
The British Journal of Social Work
Vol. 22, No. 4 (August 1992), pp. 437-453
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23709510
Page Count: 17
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The Quality Dimension. Evaluating Quality of Service and Quality of Life in Human Services
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Abstract

This paper addresses the issues, for those involved in planning and managing human services, of evaluating the quality of such services as part of the service provision process. It begins by examining the nature of quality itself and moves on to look at the links between quality of life and quality of service in human services. It then assesses existing models of evaluation which might be applied and highlights their strengths and limitations. The paper argues that many of the models have their roots in areas outside of direct service provision and consequently are not appropriate for implementation in this context. It concludes by reviewing some principles to guide the evaluation of service quality by service managers, and suggests how these might be applied in practice to the evaluation of the quality of human services.

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