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Content updated to include the impact on the policies of the George W. Bush administration and the Barack Obama administration.

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date: 22 July 2017

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Social planning emphasizes the application of rational problem-solving techniques and data-driven approaches to identify, determine, and help coordinate services for target populations. Social planning is carried out by a myriad of organizations—from federal agencies to community organizations—attempting to solve problems ranging from child welfare to aging. The advantages and disadvantages of this empirically objective data-driven approach, including different forms, will be discussed along with past, current, and future trends within the field of social work.

Keywords: social planning, planning councils, comprehensive rational planning, incrementalism, decision-making, rational problem-solving, geographic information systems, spatial mismatch, sustainable development

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