to those without whose work these projects could not continue--the volunteers and staff.
Work such as this is underrepresented in the social science literature, in part, because the social scientists involved in such projects often tend to be more involved in the community and less involved in the academic forays of publication. A second, related reason is the tendency of program evaluators to emphasize quantitative data as validation for the success of programs and underrate the qualitative. Accordingly, as argued by David Clark and associates, the predominant paradigm in the evaluation of health promotion strategies is linear experimental. The measure of the effectiveness of community based organizations, in the complex reality of natural settings, requires new evaluation measures that consider utility and plurality ( Clark et al., 1989). These projects are effective for the very reason that they make the qualitative, the human relationships, primary.
Clark David, et al. Problems in Evaluating Community-Based AIDS Education Programmes." Paper presented at Fifth International AIDS Conference, Montreal, 1989.