Rural Informal Safety Net: The Development of a Research and Evaluation Design and a Preliminary Assessment

Project completed:
May 2001
This is a continuation of a multi-center assessment of the Rural Informal Safety Net. During January through August 1999, the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Program conducted exploratory site visits to four rural North Carolina communities: Bayboro-Pamlico County; Pembroke-Robeson County; Ellerbe-Richmond County; Troy-Montgomery County and Madison County. The goal of the preliminary work is to understand the structure and dimensions of the rural informal safety net in order to design an effective and efficient tool for assessment in a national context, either through a national evaluation or a national research project. The site visits have resulted in a synthesis of issues confronting rural areas.

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