ERIC Number: ED023008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
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The Evaluation of Project ENABLE.
Simulmatics Corp., Cambridge, MA.
In this evaluation study of Project ENABLE, the basic question was whether low-income parents can be reached by family life education discussion groups. The research involved about 11,600 personal interviews with parents and about 6,200 records of group attendance and service to the parents. A substantial number of low-income parents (median annual income $3,416), almost all urban, were being reached by the groups. Participants were slightly more likely to be communicators and joiners, and less likely to be individualistic, independent, and enterprising, than nonparticipants. Most attendees were women; 22% of the parents came to six or more meetings, thus accounting for about half the total attendance. Out of 99 items on changes in attitudes, information about resources, use of resources, and other criteria as reported by parents, 55 were statistically significant. Changes were generally not large but were meaningful and reasonably consistent. Community activities and manifestations of leadership ability also resulted. For most of the agencies and affiliates participating in the project, the experience was positive in terms of closer cooperation and identification with, and more effective service to, the poor. (Four appendixes and about 140 tables are included.) (ly)
Descriptors: Adult Dropouts, Agencies, Attendance, Community Action, Disadvantaged, Family Life, Group Discussion, Information Seeking, Motivation, Organizational Change, Parent Education, Participant Characteristics, Poverty Programs, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, Research, Social Agencies, Social Services, Statistical Data, Urban Areas, Welfare Recipients
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Simulmatics Corp., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.