ERIC Number: ED187486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Social Indicators for Rural Development: Descriptive Social Reporting. Final Report, Sociology Report No. 141.
Carter, Keith A.; And Others
Project 2142 was a multi-phase effort to discover and mobilize for dissemination to rural decision-makers various information and findings pertaining to the quality of life experienced by rural people. The initial research phases involved design of a conceptual framework that placed some parameters on the variety of social phenomena studied. Interview data from a sample of rural decision-makers provided input regarding planning processes and the types of project outputs that would meet their needs. The major output of the descriptive social reporting phases involved the publication of a social indicator data book including time-series statistical data for each of nine north central Iowa counties. During 1977 these data were disseminated at a series of county conferences designed to help participants obtain a clearer idea of what a needs assessment involved and how the process could be undertaken. Systematic approaches to needs assessment (including the social indicator approach), advantages and disadvantages of each approach, pros and cons of citizen involvement, and ways of using the data book in needs assessment were presented. The initial focus of social indicator modeling was a macrosociological model of the determinants of physical health status, developed and tested using data on 99 Iowa counties. Overviews of each project phase and a bibliography of project outputs were included in appendices. (NEC)
Descriptors: County Programs, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Education, Employment, Financial Support, Health, Housing, Income, Law Enforcement, Leisure Time, Local Government, Models, Needs Assessment, Physical Environment, Program Descriptions, Quality of Life, Recreational Activities, Research Methodology, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Population, Safety, Social Indicators
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.; North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.; Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station, Ames.
Identifiers: Iowa; Public Safety
Note: Publication contributes to U.S.D.A. Project 2142, "Social Indicator Models for Rural Development." Some pages may not reproduce due to colored paper.