ERIC Number: ED193582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
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Community Organizations as Systemic Change: Does a Rose of Another Name Smell as Sweet?
Davidson, William S., II; Blakely, Craig H.
The issue of radiating impact, particularly in the area of the dissemination of social innovations, is a phenomenon of considerable interest. Several case studies reported in the literature have questioned the ability of model demonstration projects to make a substantial impact on the systems within which they operate. The generalization of a model diversion program was observed following the transference of operational supervision to an existing community organization. Data documenting the restructuring of the model following dissemination were collected from a sample of 23 delinquent juveniles randomly assigned to treatment conditions, and 23 undergraduate volunteers who served as project change agents trained in the techniques of behavior contracting and child advocacy. Delinquent youth were randomly matched to volunteers, who were supervised under two conditions, i.e., by graduate project staff or by county court staff. Results suggested that the influence of the county court staff member serving in a supervisory role had a substantial impact on the model diversion project. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
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