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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

The State of Human Services in Rural America
Provides an overview of the types of human service programs serving rural communities and the challenges they face. Suggests a research agenda for rural America.
Citation: Perspectives: On Poverty, Policy, and Place, 5(Winter), 3-6
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Evaluating a Community-Based Participatory Research Project for Elderly Mental Healthcare in Rural America
Reports on the levels of collaboration present among stakeholders for different aspects of a rural mental health research project that used a participatory approach.
Author(s): Dean Blevins, Bridget Morton, Rene McGovern
Citation: Clinical Interventions in Aging, 3(3), 535-545
Date: 09/2008
Type: Document
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Rural Health Research Gateway: National Audience Impact Study Report
Assesses the impact of the Rural Health Research Gateway web site and a flyer describing the work of the Rural Health Research Centers.
Author(s): Patricia Moulton, Mary Wakefield, Kristine Sande, Maren Niemeier, Amanda Scurry
Date: 08/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Bridging Rural Health Research and Policy: Dissemination Strategies
Describes five strategies for effective dissemination and expanded use of rural health services research and discusses the infrastructure needed to enhance rural health research dissemination.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Timothy D. McBride, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 08/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Rural Health Research in Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 10th Edition
Summarizes rural health services research conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Date: 02/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Research Needs and Data Sources for Selected Human Services Topics
Provides an overview of rural human services. Reviews the literature on work supports for low-income families, substance abuse, and child welfare services, and describes gaps in the research. Identifies 80 data sources that could be used to conduct research on human services topics in rural areas. Provides recommendations to improve the quality and quantity of information available on rural human services.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Research Summary, Volume 1: Research Needs, Volume 2: Data Sources
Date: 08/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica Policy Research
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Rural Definitions for Health Policy and Research
Compares several rural definitions and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Also addresses the issues related to using these geographic definitions in policy and research.
Author(s): L. Gary Hart, Eric H. Larson, Denise M. Lishner
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 95(7), 1149-1152
Date: 07/2005
Type: Document
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Rural Health Research in Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 9th Edition
Contains information about rural health services research conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Date: 02/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Investigating Rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Infrastructure: A Developmental Methodology for Measuring the Availability of EMS Resources
Explores a potential indicator of EMS availability, Expected Annual Emergency Miles per Ambulance (EXAMB). Illustrates how EXAMB could be applied using ambulance availability data from five states: Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Wyoming. Includes policy and research recommendations.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): P. Daniel Patterson, Janice C. Probst, Charity G. Moore
Date: 08/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Rural Health Research in Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 8th Edition
Describes the research and policy analysis projects underway in the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Projects are arranged by topic, with indexes by funding source, center, and project title.
Date: 02/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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