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ERIC Number: ED144737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-23
Pages: 41
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Reference Count: 0
A Multi-Level Policy Research Paradigm: Implications for Rural and Regional Development.
Eberts, Paul R.; Sismondo, Sergio
Effective research on issues of rural development is increasingly important in a time when inequalities among people in rural areas is widening. Criteria of time-cost effectiveness, policy effectiveness for rural development, and contribution to sociology must be balanced by rural social scientists in their research design decisions. When five generally recognized types of research are examined by these criteria, only one stands up--systems analysis. Procedures built around description of conditions, public opinion polling, evaluations of programs, and basic academic research fail to meet some of the criteria. Systems research, however, corrects for many of the weaknesses in other types, and a policy research paradigm originating from systems analysis can be developed with specific reference to rural development. The paradigm is applied to Federal, state, and local levels of jurisdiction affecting rural development; it allows continuous monitoring of key variables so that each jurisdictional level can simulate alternative futures, thereby aiding policy makers in their decisions. Because of more precise focus, the paradigm can also produce greater cost effectiveness with research monies, facilities, and talents; its emphasis on trend analysis on a wide range of interacting variables can make a major contribution to social science. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society (San Francisco, California, August 23, 1975); Tables 2 and 3 may not reproduce well due to small print size of original document