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ERIC Number: ED185681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting the Transportability of the State Consultant Model to Another Region: The Mutual Adaptation of the State Consultant Model and of the Structure of AEL's Educational Services Office.
The Educational Services Office (ESO) of the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) sought an organizational strategy that would improve its ability to meet client demand without sacrificing the integrity of its programs or the fulfillment of its institutional responsibilities. Three alternative organizational strategies were identified: full-time assignment of staff to specific programs, a matrix management strategy (assigning staff by function across programs), and the state consultant model (assigning staff to specific states across programs). These three strategies were assessed using criteria extrapolated from a third-party survey of client preferences. These criteria included accessibility of staff, clear channels of communication, increased visibility of the laboratory, availability of on-site technical assistance, and expansion of information services. The state consultant model (SCM) emerged as the best strategy and was then assessed using internal office criteria derived from experience with a previous ESO organizational strategy. Based on this assessment, adaptations of the SCM were made. These adaptations included utilizing four data sources in matching states with available grants, appointing evaluators to monitor progress, and developing accountability procedures. These "mutual adaptations" are considered to be factors affecting the transportability of the model. Appended is a six-month state consultant plan for the ESO. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers: Appalachia Educational Laboratory WV
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).