ERIC Number: ED312446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Single Parents and Homemakers Effectiveness Study.
Indiana State Commission on Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
A study was conducted to examine the effectiveness of 2 years of single parent and homemaker projects in Indiana. Methodology involved on-site visitation to each of the 14 projects and interviews with 48 project staff and 75 participants. Major findings of the study were as follows: (1) services and activities provided by all the projects have been referral to vocational education, personal counseling, workshops, and subsidies for tuition and fees as well as materials and supplies; (2) 99 percent of the participants rated the projects' services as helpful; (3) the unmet need most frequently reported was child care; (4) the most positive effect of the projects was personal change; (5) the circumstances that contributed the most to project impact were flexible guidelines to meet individual needs and networking with local agencies and the community; (6) the circumstances that most limited impact were limited funding and lack of child care; (7) the major strength of the projects was a caring, capable, committed staff; and (8) the most frequently cited project weakness was limited staff/staff time in a labor intensive activity. Among recommendations made were the following: (1) that the holistic approaches currently being used be continued; (2) that a statewide participant follow-up system be developed; (3) that staff development efforts be emphasized; and (4) that the projects capitalize upon the emerging commonalities between the Single Parent/Homemaker and Gender Equity Initiatives in Indiana. (Nine appendixes containing interview/questionnaire data are included.) (NLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Commission on Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana