Degree Granting Department
community building, development, empowerment, neoliberalism, volunteer
This thesis provides an ethnographic account of a NGOs effort to recruit and retain volunteers. Specifically, this project is a program evaluation of a community-based grant designed as a bottom-up approach to empower community residents to make changes in their community. The study details the many efforts - and obstacles - involved in this process. It is presented as a contribution to the anthropology of policy, to evaluation theory, and to applied anthropological methods. The investigator used participant-observation fieldwork and ethnographic interviews of both volunteer and non-volunteers to evaluate the program's successes and failures.
Scholar Commons Citation
Mael, Adrienne Sage, "Program Evaluation: An NGO's Attempt to use Volunteerism to Promote Community Development" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.