ERIC Number: ED058353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Toward Research on Community Action Agencies: Key Variables and Research Instruments.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.
The Office of Economic Opportunity has commissioned a number of research organizations to undertake detailed studies of specific Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in conjunction with evaluation studies of the effectiveness of the programs run by these CAAs. A major difficulty in this type of research is that the variables selected for study and the techniques used to study them by the various research units may differ so widely as to rule out comparative statements about the relationships between the structure of CAAs and program effectiveness. For this reason, the Office of Economic Opportunity commissioned the Bureau of Applied Social Research to develop an inventory of key variables which would describe and differentiate CAAs and which would, presumably, be relevant to the effectiveness of CAA programs. In carrying out this assignment, the Bureau undertook a careful review of the organizational literature, concentrating not only on organizational theory, but also on the literature analyzing the structure of action agencies and the particular problems encountered by newly created organizations. As the project developed it became increasingly clear that standard instruments ought to be developed for collecting information on these variables. As a result the Bureau interpreted as part of its assignment the development of a series of basic interview schedules to be administered to members of the CAA board and staff. Interview guides were also developed for local informants and heads of various local organizations having potential relevance to the operation of the CAA. (JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Action, Community Characteristics, Community Organizations, Economic Factors, Economic Opportunities, Evaluation Methods, Interviews, Objectives, Organization, Organizations (Groups), Political Influences, Public Agencies, Research Methodology, Social Influences
Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia Univ., 605 West 115th Street, New York, New York 10025 (Price not known)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Community Action Program.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.