The first four chapters have investigated the case histories of twelve rural development projects designed under the "New Directions" mandate of the Agency for International Development. The movement of the projects from identification through implementation has been presented with little analysis, since each activity and stage interrelates with both the preceding and following actions. The purpose here is to produce a qualitative synthesis of the previous chapters. In addition, quantitative "proxies" for success in project design, and the movement through the review and approval process, have been created, and some quantitative analysis has been performed to complement the qualitative work. From an organizational standpoint, it makes most sense to present our qualitative and quantitative findings together by subject. But before doing this, a description of the quantitative work is required. This description follows.