ERIC Number: ED244770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Involvement in Rural Community Development. A Three-Year Study.
Herman, Marina Lachecki; Polich, Judith Y.
The 3-year Citizen Leadership Program was designed to develop citizen-directed planning in Wisconsin. The first year focused on citizen involvement in land use planning; the second year, on community goal setting; and the third year, on community development projects. A representative group of 30 citizens participated in the program's workshops and seminars and developed leadership skills that allowed them to develop and publish land use recommendations; inform citizens, local government leaders, and planners about land use alternatives; analyze community social and economic opportunities; organize community forums about development alternatives; and work with local leaders and agencies to address community development projects. Project leaders also organized a rural development conference and a series of information packages on key community development concerns. The program's objectives were met, although evaluators had recommendations for improvements. The program report also includes eight 3- to 7-page summary sheets that give information regarding the power of participation, community problems and needs, organizing community members, holding meetings, starting to work on community problems, problems of community involvement, information dissemination, and program follow-up and evaluation. (SB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Apathy, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Community Development, Community Involvement, Community Planning, Land Use, Leadership Training, Nonformal Education, Participative Decision Making, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Public Affairs Education, Rural Development, Skill Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Higher Education Research.
Authoring Institution: Northland Coll., Ashland, WI. Sigurd Olson Inst. of Environmental Studies.
Identifiers: Citizen Leadership Program WI; Wisconsin