ERIC Number: ED252359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Population Change: Do You Know the Trends in Your Community? Coping with Growth.
Butler, Lorna Michael
To help government agency representatives and community leaders understand local population trends, particularly in rapid growth situations, this publication outlines a simple framework for analyzing population changes and provides useful criteria that can be applied when considering management and policy alternatives. It is noted that two "population communities" must be considered: the local community of long term residents and the newcomer community. The guide points out some of the ways population information can be used to make informed guesses about social and economic effects of development. Suggestions are included for guiding citizens in responsible public decisionmaking and policymaking so that changes can be systematically managed. The suggested framework for population analysis poses practical growth questions that any rapidly growing community can apply in analyzing its own circumstances. In order not to overwhelm the citizen or planner who may be collecting population information, the framework focuses on priority needs so that only the most useful information is sought. Definitions are included as well as sources of population data and four references. (BRR)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Community Services, Coping, Data Analysis, Databases, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Leaders Guides, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Population Education, Population Growth, Population Trends, Resource Materials, Trend Analysis
Western Rural Development Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 ($.25 ea. or $4.25 for 14-part series).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ., Corvallis. Cooperative Extension Service.; Western Rural Development Center, Corvallis, OR.