ERIC Number: ED156406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
A Synthesis: Resources in Evaluation for Rural Development. SRDC Synthesis Series #2.
Cosby, Arthur G., Comp.; Wetherill, G. Richard, Comp.
A series of six papers, this synthesis of literature on rural development and evaluation offers a starting point for rural development planning and projects from the national to the local level. The current state of knowledge is assessed and application techniques and methods are pinpointed. In the introduction, operation of the Functional Network of the sponsoring Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) is examined. An overview paper on "The Process of Evaluation in Rural Development" includes why and how evaluating is carried out, pitfalls, and a state-of-the-art report. Methodological issues confronting the evaluator are discussed in "Concept and Philosophy of Evaluation and Rural Development," and the next paper, "Alternative Models of Evaluation and Their Application to Rural Development," systematically reviews 21 evaluation models. Issues of objectivity, integrity, privacy, personal harm, confidentiality, and accessibility are covered in "Responsibilities of the Evaluation Researcher: The ASA Code of Ethics as a Guideline." Particular attention to computerized retrieval systems is given in "Sources of Information for Evaluating Rural Development." A summary paper, "Evaluation and Rural Development," touches on evaluation models, evaluation information, needed evaluation training, and an SRDC program design/evaluation workshop. (RS)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Ethics, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Sources, Models, Program Evaluation, Rural Development, State of the Art Reviews, Synthesis
Southern Rural Development Center, Box 5406, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rural Development Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, State College, MS.