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Building Better Social ProgramsHow Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy$
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David Stoesz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001

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Building Better Social Programs

David Stoesz

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On September 25, 2017, an 11-year old boy we’ll call Manuel was taken to the emergency room of the hospital in Farmington, New Mexico, a small city serving the Four Corners region. In addition to a patch of hair ripped from his head, Manuel had bruises covering much of his body, ligature marks on his neck, and black eyes so swollen that he couldn’t wear his eyeglasses properly. Initially, Manuel explained that the injuries were from tripping while practicing soccer, but, while his foster mother and a social worker stood by, Manuel whispered to a hospital security guard, “Help me.” Hospital staff promptly called the police....

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