ERIC Number: ED404052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Research Agenda for Studying Rural Public Service Delivery Alternatives in the North Central Region.
O'Brien, David J.; And Others
This research agenda examines ways to improve availability and access to public services for individuals living in rural areas. Five articles focus on general conceptual and methodological issues pertaining to research on services, and are applicable to a wide range of services such as health and education. Discussions concentrate on public service problems in rural areas experiencing chronic population loss, loss of basic industries, and aging population. "Settlement Patterns and the Provision of Services in the North Central Region" (Edward W. Hassinger) examines the unique historical role of American rural communities as providers of services for rural populations in the Midwest. "Spatial Aspects of Public Services in Rural Areas" (Roger J. Beck) attempts to reconceptualize relationships between the local area and rural service delivery, given the demographic and economic changes described by Hassinger. "Ecological Correlates of Rural Service Delivery: The Case of Rural Health Care" (Jack Geller) uses a human ecological perspective to conceptualize the problem of providing services for persons in sparsely populated counties. "Community Leadership and Decision-making in the Provision of Rural Public Services" (Janet S. Ayres) examines relationships between local rural communities and the formal structures of local government. "Community Social Organization and the Coproduction of Public Services in Rural Areas" (David J. O'Brien) proposes an approach to conceptualizing and measuring more effective relationships between rural communities and formal service providers. The final section outlines specific steps that can be taken to develop a coherent research agenda. Contains 118 references. (KS)
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Community Services, Delivery Systems, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Services, Local Government, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Small Towns, Social Science Research, Social Services
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, 404 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 ($4).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.