poor at producing lasting results,
sets unrealistic or unfocused priorities and
often seems more interested in getting funding than in setting up programs that make the best sense,
according to an internal assessment that will be discussed at a top-level meeting next month." (emphasis added)
That is the way a Fox News article begins, entitled, "UN anti-poverty agency chases cash rather than results, study finds." The article is available here.
I feel this is the same rebuke that might be laid at the feet of many school district programs, adult service agencies and university programs. Particularly in relation to persons with disabilities, the services they receive cause them to become a commodity that is used to pay people's salaries, buy out their time and do a wide variety of other things unrelated the reason for the actual funding. The article goes on to say that related to the goals for which money were given they have
"limited ability . . . to demonstrate whether its poverty reduction activities have contributed to any significant change in the lives of the people it is trying to help."So billions of dollars have been spent, with no accountability, "limited ability" to demonstrate whether the money did anything for those it was intended to assist or whether there was any significan change in people's lives.
- how we spend the money,
- the goals we develop,
- the way we see the responsibilities of paid agents versus community members,
- the way we see ourselves as community members
- even the basic importance of integration which is comparable to the criticism of creating programs that do not make the best sense.