Richard Engstom

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (82 p.)


Local government -- Oregon -- Salem -- Planning -- Social aspects




This paper originated as a result of one of the stated objectives of the Salem Primary Prevention Project. That project, operating jointly with Marion County Community Mental Health, Salem School District 24J and the City of Salem’s Community Development Department, has had as one of its stated objectives, the development of a mechanism to review the impact of planned change at the local level.

For several years both the staff and Advisory Committee for the Primary Prevention Program had wrestled with the complexity of developing such a review or assessment mechanism. Existing literature on social impact assessment appeared to deal primarily with rather large physical impacts upon local areas. Projects such as multiple-use reservoirs and inter-state highways that came under the constructions auspices of the federal government are examples.

This, then was the background for beginning the search to develop the social impact assessment tool in January of this year. It shall be the purpose of this paper to construct both a rationale and a method for assessment of planned changes from local units of government upon neighborhoods under their jurisdiction.


A practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for thedegree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University.

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