ERIC Number: ED228431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Uses of Research Sponsored by the Administration on Aging (AoA). Case Study No. 3. Volunteer Surveys of Nursing Homes. Executive Summary.
Cronin, Roberta C.; Heinsohn, Ingrid
This case study, one in a series of research efforts designed to examine the utilization of the Administration on Aging's research, examines the Nursing Home Information Project (NHIP), which developed a methodology whereby a local organization with access to volunteers could produce a consumer guide to nursing homes in its community. (Three manuals were produced that contain instructions and materials for nursing home assessments.) Illustrative vignettes describe how two broad categories of users have employed the materials: organizations among the original implementation sites that have continued their NHIP-related efforts and organizations uninvolved in the effort to develop the NHIP approach. Examples include revision of original guides and expansion to new geographical areas. Several propositions to improve research utilization that emerged from the NHIP experience and from two previous case studies are discussed: extensive social networking, interventions to boost utilization, and vigorous information dissemination. Four general policy implications suggested by the propositions are then considered. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Aging (Individuals), Case Studies, Consumer Protection, Evaluation, Facility Case Studies, Facility Guidelines, Guides, Information Dissemination, Material Development, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Research, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Site Analysis, Social Networks, Surveys, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC. Gerontological Research Inst.