The validity of citizen judgments in community interventions: I. Judgments of community need

Nick L. Smith

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Several major reviews of educational innovation projects have recently suggested that self‐perceived need for change is a critical factor in the successful implementation of an educational intervention. A field study of community change interventions in six rural school districts was conducted to determine whether the communities' self perceived need for change was in fact related to their degree of involvement in the change process. Such a relationship was confirmed. Of four indicators employed, a global, high inference measure of community need proved to be most effective in predicting level of community involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes


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  • Social Psychology

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