MPA Major Research Papers

Title

When Is Bigger Not Better?: The Management and Delivery of Social Services on Manitoulin Island

Date of Award

8-1-1998

Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department

Political Science

Supervisor

Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas

Manitoulin Island, Sudbury

Abstract

This paper examines whether the Ontario government’s creation of District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs) has accomplished the stated objectives of simplifying access to services and better servicing clients, as well as improving cost-effectiveness, coordination, innovation, the sharing of resources, and achieving economies of scale. A case study of Manitoulin-Sudbury reveals that the DSSAB for the two combined districts has been unsatisfactory and none of the stated objectives of the policy have been achieved.

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