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ERIC Number: ED358531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 37
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A Framework for Distinguishing Intensity of Need and Regional Differences of Funding Regions.
Burket, Lee
This paper presents a methodology for developing a framework that can help decision makers distinguish intensity of needs and regional funding differences within a state. A cluster analysis was used to distinguish need in Georgia's 159 counties. Four clusters that identified the distribution of goods or services to those in need were identified: (1) low educational achievement, sparsely populated; (2) high unemployment, rural; (3) urbanized; and (4) "typical" rural. A detailed discussion of the methodology describing the unit of analysis, selection and preparation of variables, factor analysis, and cluster model determination is provided. Advantages of the typology are that it organizes many variables into a small number of groupings and uses inductive techniques that limit researcher bias. Two suggestions for determining the distribution of resources are offered: to use a weighted per-capita figure, or to use a per-capita basis with individual agencies establishing a separate fund to be allocated according to need. Finally, the framework helps agencies to focus on the critical needs of counties. Six tables and a map of Georgia counties are included. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia