Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

October 1996


Published in Great Plains Research 6:2 (Fall 1996). Copyright © 1996 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


With increased devolution of responsibility to rural places, reliable, timely, and meaningful data take on added importance for local governments and local nonprofit organizations. Pressures for data on which to base allocations of resources and to assess the impact of those allocations are further intensified by the rapid changes occurring in rural America. This short book provides those who need to know what is happening locally with an overview of what data are available, what they mean, and their limitations.