The Arizona Dictionary and Taxonomy of Human Services is a collaborative effort to develop a common language by major funders and planners throughout the state of Arizona who participate as members of the Arizona Taxonomy Committee. The purpose of this Committee is to uniformly describe services and identify consistent terminology.
The Arizona Dictionary and Taxonomy of Human Services provides programs and clusters with a title and definition, as well as individual service titles and definitions for all services provided by participating agencies. These program, cluster, and service titles are to be used in planning, budgeting, contracting, reporting and evaluating all human services provided by participating agencies.
Because types of services change over time, the Arizona Taxonomy Committee (ATC) has developed a form that any agency may submit to request the adding of a new service or the changing of an existing service. This form and procedures may be found in Appendixes III and IV. The form can also be downloaded from the Taxonomy Home Page.
The Committee’s goal is to have all relevant state, county, city and local agencies use the Arizona Dictionary and Taxonomy of Human Services as a means of a common language for use in planning, budgeting, contracting, reporting, and evaluation.
The Committee operates under the following principles:
- The users of the Arizona Dictionary and Taxonomy of Human Services are paramount.
- The Arizona Dictionary and Taxonomy of Human Services is a "living" document and will be revised and updated as needed by its users.
- A common language is imperative.
- A common language helps to ensure consistent delivery of services on a statewide basis.
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