Meanwhile in Louisiana

March 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM Leave a comment

Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly relays results of a study of one post-Katrina disaster relief effort. Research firm Policy & Economic Research Council (PERC) looked at efforts by the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to “help small businesses and the self-employed in post-hurricane Louisiana.”

Surveying those who had received aid from the foundation, the researchers findings show that the foundation’s efforts had been effective and delivered sooner than other groups’.

It looks like the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation sponsored this study, so the summary’s emphasis on good news is perhaps not surprising. Cohen notes that “the summary of the data findings doesn’t do justice to the latent richness of the extended survey data.” Maybe the full data gives a more balanced view of results.

Another interesting finding:

PERC also reported significant local business distress due to the moratorium on deep water oil and gas drilling. Those businesses that were impacted by the BP spill and concerned about the moratorium were not confident about their future business prospects.

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