ERIC Number: ED160651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A New Role for Evaluators. CSE Report No. 97.
Alkin, Marvin C.
A new role for evaluators is proposed, which reconstructs the evaluator into an information specialist who is part of a project team engaged in self evaluation. The evaluator's role has traditionally been complicated by disagreements about what is expected from the evaluator; by differing perceptions about the evaluator's power to effect change; by the influence of personal values and methodological preferences; and by the conflict between internal reports of findings (to be used for program improvement), and external reports (to be used to make judgments regarding program accountability). The proposed role of the information specialist includes five major functions: (1) program clarification--asking questions about the evaluation plans and criteria for assessment; (2) information structuring--developing forms and tests; (3) information acquisition--collecting data; (4) information provision--analyzing data and presenting results; and (5) technical assistance--giving advice in his or her areas of expertise, conducting pilot tests, or searching the literature. Self evaluation (by the project staff) is emphasized as a means of increasing the likelihood of program improvement. Suggestions regarding the accountability role of external audits are included. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference and Exposition on Measurement and Evaluation (4th, Los Angeles, California, March 22, l977)