ERIC Number: ED173428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School District Characteristics and Their Impact on Evaluation Offices.
Williams, Richard C.
Evaluations by school district research and evaluation units have minimal impact, because they do not meet the realities of school district decision making. School districts are loosely coupled systems that do not respond to centralized planning or evaluations, particularly if findings are unfavorable. To maximize utilization of their findings, district evaluation units should put less emphasis on producing reports for district-wide consumption. Instead they should stress working with small units--school buildings, teachers, and project directors--to design, implement, and report evaluations, following Patton's active-reactive-adoptive model. Other ways to improve the use of evaluation reports include: (1) arranging a conference for evaluators, clients, and external funders; (2) conducting independent evaluations of each report in order to eliminate those which serve no useful purpose; and (3) routing funds from external projects directly to local managers, rather than to the district unit. In conclusion, district units, external funding agencies, school administrators, and those who train evaluators all share the responsibility for non-utilization. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)