Searching for “The Way that Works” An Analysis of FmHA Rural Development Policy and Implementation

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Report’s purpose is to: (1) evaluate the agency’s initiatives on behalf of infrastructure and business development, particularly from the point of view of the low-income rural communities they are intended to serve; (2) to examine the Farmers Home Administration’s (FmHA) administrative philosophy and political orientation, and the manner in which these influence program effectiveness. Analysis is credited to examination of staffing patterns, funding issues, field visits to FmHA funded rural development initiatives.

Report describes five basic models for delivering federal benefits, and develops thirteen criteria by which these delivery mechanisms can be evaluated.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group