ERIC Number: ED235949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Rural Intervention Project: An Empirical Assessment.
Cain, Robert D., Jr.
The Rural Intervention Project was intended to reduce status offenses and delinquent behavior by youths and to increase the opportunities for positive youth involvement by providing problem solving services to the youth and families of rural Pima County, Arizona. Begun by Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Inc. in 1978 and operating on a first-year budget of $50,672, the project employed a staff of three intervention counselors who offered individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral for clients needing services, consulting, and community development services. The well-implemented project was welcomed as a needed resource in the rural areas it served and the volume of service activity exceeded anticipated first-year levels. Because the volume increased as more people became aware of the project, decisions about staff use and management were necessary. An independent consultant evaluated the project and offered improvements. Recommendations included using a simplified management-by-objective approach to planning, managing, and documenting project activites; establishing the project's role as a delinquency prevention/youth development resource in the county; developing significant youth and parent involvement in project planning, operation, and evaluation; and developing an ongoing in-service staff development program. (SB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Development, Community Resources, Community Services, Delinquency Prevention, Delivery Systems, Inservice Education, Intervention, Management by Objectives, Parent Participation, Poverty Areas, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Rural Youth, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Associates for Youth Development, Inc., Tucson, AZ.
Identifiers: Arizona (Pima County); Portable Practical Educational Preparation Inc AZ; Rural Intervention Project AZ