ERIC Number: ED044583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
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The Impact of the Community Action Program on Institutional Change; Assistance to Community Organization as a Successful Strategy. Final Report.
Vanecko, James J.; Jacobs, Bruce
This study evaluated the role of the community action agencies (CAAs) in making other institutions more responsive to the needs of the poor. Institutional changes in education, employment, private welfare, and politics were examined in relation to certain characteristics of CAAs. Interviews were held with CAA personnel (both central and neighborhood) and organizational leaders in 50 large cities. Four major conclusions were: (1) CAA size is positively related to change; (2) communities having CAAs that stress organization and mobilization of the poor undergo the most institutional change; (3) CAAs which most heavily stress provision of services are not especially successful in affecting institutions; (4) community organizing activities by a neighborhood center staff and director are strongly related to institutional change. Further analyses based on a 100-city sample modified these conclusions but confirmed the existence of a strong link between neighborhood organizing activity and change. (The document includes 24 tables.) (See Volume 2, AC 008 700 (PB-192-968) for the appendixes. See also AC 008-076 (PB-188-692) for the Phase 1 final report.) (LY)
Descriptors: Budgets, Community Action, Community Centers, Community Characteristics, Correlation, Disadvantaged, Employment Practices, Objectives, Organization Size (Groups), Organizational Change, Political Power, Public Schools, Social Services, Urban Areas
National Technical Information Service, Operations Division, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB-192-967, MF $0.65, HC $3.00)
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Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.