ERIC Number: ED036748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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The Criteria Problem in Program Evaluation.
Steele, Sara M.; Moss, Gwenna M.
The nature and role of criteria in evaluation of adult education programs are presented in this study. The first half of the paper discusses several premises: The goal of evaluation is to use program judgments in the program decision making process. Criteria are essential to judgment and determining the type of criteria that is relevant is an important part of the evaluation process. Criteria may function at various levels of specificity. Effectiveness of evaluation rests mainly with the quality of the criteria used; and efficiency in evaluation is determined by the evaluator's competency in developing criteria. The second half of the paper asserts that criteria are not adequately understood and used. Reasons suggested for this include: (1) too narrow a concept of evaluation; (2) too great an emphasis on information and program description; (3) the wish to avoid decision making; (4) the wish to escape challenge by avoiding subjectivity; and (5) poorly defined guides to data interpretation. Suggestions for improving the use of criteria are given. (author/pt)
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 27-28, 1970