ERIC Number: ED190315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-7
Reference Count: 0
Results from the Mandated Evaluation of Extension's Community Resource Development Projects in the United States.
Mulford, Charles L.; And Others
A 1979-1980 nation-wide study of 113 Community Resource Development (CRD) projects evaluated socio-economic impacts, as seen by CRD staff, state leaders, and knowledgeable citizens. Questionnaires were sent to the three groups to determine consequences of the programs in the categories of family income, community facilities and services, public policies and issues, and community problem-solving capacity. Results indicated the most significant changes and positive benefits were in community problem solving capacity projects and the least in family income programs. Knowledgeable citizens, 60% of whom had middle to high levels of formal education and income, indicated that CRD projects were more worthy than other tax-supported services and that community support was significantly related to CRD impact. Results also indicated some "special" groups, such as local governing officials, derived more positive benefits than other groups, suggesting, therefore, that more effort should be exerted to ensure better service to the public in general, as well as to traditional extension clientele and that improvement in data collecting procedures should be made to facilitate future evaluation efforts. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: Community Resource Development; Impact Studies
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress for Rural Sociology (5th, Mexico City, August 7-12, 1980).