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date: 26 February 2024

Social Planninglocked

Social Planninglocked

  • Larry M. GantLarry M. GantUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor
  •  and Lorraine GutiérrezLorraine GutiérrezUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor


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.


  • Administration and Management
  • Human Behavior
  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy

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