ERIC Number: ED352481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Community Leadership Program Participants: An Assessment of Their Organizational Participation, Political Activity, Leadership and Problem Solving Skills.
Rohs, F. Richard; And Others
A study investigated the influence of Community Leadership: A County Perspective--(CLCP), a 12-week Georgia program to help build and maintain a solid leadership base in a community, on participants' organizational participation, political activity, leadership and problem-solving skills, further involvement in community issues, and decision making. A pretest-posttest only design was used to analyze information obtained from 434 individuals in 13 county CLCP programs, with an approximately 65 percent response rate. Six months after the end of the program, open-ended telephone interviews were conducted to identify community leadership activities in which participants were involved. The study was concerned with changes in participants' activity and skill level. Some of the results of the study were the following: (1) no differences were found between the pretest and posttest on organizational participation--in contrast to earlier studies that had found an increase in such participation; (2) significant differences were found between pretest and posttest on four of the nine leadership and problem-solving variables--ability to motivate people, knowledge of resources for solving public problems, ability to lead a group, and ability to deal effectively with local political leaders; (3) significant relationships were found between several leadership and problem-solving variables and organizational participation. The study concluded that the leadership program has helped to develop leadership skill levels and enhance participation in public policy. (Contains 10 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (Seattle, WA, November 5-7, 1992).