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ERIC Number: ED177416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Developing Useful Evaluation Capability: Lessons From the Model Evaluation Program.
Waller, John D.; And Others
The assessment of 12 model evaluation systems provides insight and guidance into their development for government managers and evaluators. The eight individual completed grants are documented in a series of case studies, while the synthesis of all the project experiences and results are summarized. There are things that evaluation systems can do and cannot do. Their success was gauged by: (1) degree to which helping agencies achieve their objectives; (2) identifying and meeting a real demand for evaluation information; and (3) continuing after grant expiration. No site met the first criteria, but all save one site produced evaluation information, and three of the eight tested systems were continued after grant expiration; however their long-term fate is uncertain. During the building of an evaluation capability phase, expectations and strategies often needed changing. Site characteristics, also, varied considerably. Many problems may be expected in implementation and operation of evaluation systems, including the fact that there are neither standard problems nor easy answers. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (027-000-00798-8)