Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos

Development

  • Craig TalmageEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_716

Synonyms

Definition

An effective change process aimed towards positive impact that is facilitated through the efficient use of resources.

Description

Development is a change process that results from a number of different inputs and spurs a number of different outcomes depending on your research lens or project scope. Development relies heavily on the goals of the parties interested in stimulating development. Thus, development is seen as an effective process based on “the degree to which goals have been reached” (Boulmetis & Dutwin, 2011, p. 24).

The outcome of development is a developed entity, which can be a person, place, or object. In order for development to be successful, its inputs (also called resources) need to be used efficiently. Efficiency in terms of program development is seen as “the degree to which a program or project has been productive in relationship to its resources” (Boulmetis & Dutwin, 2011, p. 24).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Community Resources and DevelopmentArizona State UniversityTempeUSA