ERIC Number: ED154956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Policy Research Alternatives.
Rogers, David L., Ed.; Whiting, Larry R., Ed.
The 1975 conference on Alternative Methods for Public Policy Research in Rural America was held to improve research and design methods for the study of public policy issues in rural development so that research can be more readily used by policy makers. The preface to the conference papers discusses theories offered to explain low utilization of research by social scientists in policy decisions. Papers fall into four categories: (1) information needs of decision makers and broad implications for initiating and carrying out policy-oriented research; (2) ways researchers have designed policy research for problem areas (for example, rural transportation, rural housing, economic development, land use); (3) five different kinds of research techniques and their uses (descriptive research, public opinion research, evaluation research, basic research, proactive research); (4) overview and summary on what is and what ought to be in the conduct of policy research. (RS)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Decision Making, Economic Development, Housing, Information Needs, Land Use, Needs Assessment, Policy, Policy Formation, Research, Research Criteria, Research Methodology, Rural Development, Transportation
Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa 50010 ($6.95)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.
Note: Papers from a conference held at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, April 22-23, 1975)