Linfield Faculty Lecture Series


X-treme Housing Assessment in Guatemala

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54 minutes 57 seconds

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Civic and Community Engagement | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Regional Sociology | Service Learning


As Habitat for Humanity changes its focus from producing new houses to also improving houses, data are needed to measure the impact of houses, but also to produce the organizational change required to meet the housing needs of Guatemala. Changes are analyzed using a three-year survey, examining the health and economic impact of a HFH-G house on 250 families in five states. However, the survey is also used to produce organizational change, sending coded messages to the field staff regarding the change in mission, distribution of resources, and their roles in working on the constructed environment in both urban and rural communities. In this lecture, Dr. Jeff Peterson (associate professor of sociology at Linfield College) examines the navigation of this complex assessment process in the field.


Sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Academic Affairs.