ERIC Number: ED452384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Recovering Outreach: Concepts, Issues and Practices.
This report presents results of a study in the United Kingdom to explore different understandings of outreach, its role in widening participation among people underrepresented in organized education, implications of doing outreach, and practical and ethical considerations involved. Chapter 1 addresses origins and meanings of outreach, including definitions, negative connotations, reasons for doing outreach, and outreach and disadvantaged communities. Chapter 2 identifies models of outreach approaches used in different education sectors. It outlines examples in further and higher education; local authorities; voluntary organizations; and public services. Chapter 3 focuses on implications of doing outreach, including its association with the concept of disadvantage, targeting, networking with other agencies, interagency partnerships, identifying community needs, responding to identified needs, changing institutional practice, and outreach settings. Chapter 4 examines skills staff need and these related issues: making the right contacts, working with community gatekeepers, staff recruitment, professional standing and status, staff development, and training local people. Chapter 5, on funding outreach, discusses investment of time, post-funding sustainability, and capacity-building. Chapter 6, on returns on investment, discusses evaluation of activities, evaluation methods, benefits in relation to costs, impact, and need for a broad view of outcomes. Chapter 7 draws conclusions. (Contains 86 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Community Needs, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Cost Effectiveness, Developed Nations, Disadvantaged, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Library Services, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Volunteers
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, United Kingdom (14.95 British pounds). Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom