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Objective Hope: Assessing the Effectiveness of Faith-Based Organizations: A Review of the Literature

This study is the first comprehensive review of available research on the impact of both “organic religion,” or religious belief and involvement, and “intentional religion,” or the services provided by faith-based organizations, on various measures of individual and social well-being. It finds that the vast majority of studies show that higher levels of organic religion are associated with higher levels of mental and physical health. Regarding intentional religion, the study also finds that while sound research is minimal and far more study needs to be undertaken, the data collected to date is overwhelmingly supportive of the argument that faith-based groups dispense services more effectively than their secular and governmental counterparts.


Center for Civic Innovation.


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Objective Hope.


A study gauges faith-based efforts
The Philadelphia Inquirier 3-22-02


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