ERIC Number: ED224611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-16
Reference Count: N/A
The Culture of a Social Program: An Ethnographic Study of the Child and Family Resource Program. Child & Family Resource Program Evaluation, Main Volume, Fall 1981.
Travers, Jeffrey, Ed.; and Others
This report, devoted to the ethnographic study component of the Child and Family Resource Program (CFRP) evaluation, consists of three major sections. The first section outlines the rationale for employing ethnographic research in evaluating the effects and effectiveness of CFRP and describes study methodology, including examinations of the research design and questions, case selection and recruitment, and data collection procedures. The second section presents five case studies of sites in Jackson, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Salem, Oregon. Although far from being homogeneous, these case studies cover common topics concerning different facets of the program: assessment, goal setting, home visits, center sessions, and program activities. The last section is composed of two chapters which attempt to draw broader lessons from the detailed site reports. The first of these chapters summarizes common features of program operation across sites and highlights some of the main differences among programs. The second chapter identifies a set of common problems faced by programs and their staffs in deciding where to spend energy and allocate resources. Appendices to the case studies are provided at the end of the report. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.