Behavioral science research and collaboration with educational institutions can have a real impact on the functioning of Jewish social agencies. For example, the YMHA of New York focused on three major areas in the early 1960s: the use of the agency's resources primarily to provide direct services aimed at meeting identifiable needs within the agency's stated purposes; the in-service training of staff and the provision of field work training for graduate and undergraduate students; and finally, the exercise of social research functions. Alone, the YMHA would have few resources to achieve these goals, but by drawing on outside research and expertise, they are able to excel. As behavioral science and social work continue to function collaboratively, the community center may become an extension of the research world, allowing it to contribute back to the pool of knowledge from which it is able to take valuable information.
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Brodsky, Irving. Implications of the Behavioral Sciences for Jewish Social Agency Administration. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1964: