ERIC Number: ED171277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of the Impact of the Management Review and Analysis Program (MRAP).
Johnson, Edward R.; And Others
The effectiveness of the Management Review and Analysis Program (MRAP) of the Association of Research Libraries, an "assisted self study" involving administrators, librarians, and staff in an internal study of management procedures and practices, was evaluated in 1976/77 by research measuring its impact on 22 participating academic and research libraries. The goals of MRAP were identified and evaluated according to behavioral, attitudinal, and organizational changes in the climate, performance, and effectiveness of each library and its management determined as resulting from their involvement in the MRAP process. Methodology included the following procedures: (1) questionnaires were sent to 92 individuals from 10 libraries; (2) 54 "key informants" were interviewed in-depth; (3) a"goals-Delphi" procedure compared goal statements for a management self-review process made by 40 MRAP participants and 40 non-MRAP participants; (4) 11 library directors answered a questionnaire to assess the effect of "authoritarianism" on the process; and (5) three libraries re-administered an "organizational profile" and the results before and after the MRAP experience were compared. Results indicated difficulties before, during, and following MRAP. These included the time element, complexity of the program, methods of implementation, selection of study teams, and the role of management. Data tables, questionnaires, and other related materials are appended to the report. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Management Review and Analysis Program