ERIC Number: ED189939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Integrating the Technical and the Political: The Case of an Assessment of Educational Information Service Adequacy in Oregon. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Kinnick, Mary K.
Evaluation strategies used in a 1979 assessment study of information services in Oregon are described. The study was designed to assist staff and members of the Oregon Educational Coordinating Commission with a policy decision. A multi-form, multi-method and multiple audience assessment strategy was used in an effort to account for both the technical and the political dimensions of analysis. The assessment featured in-mail surveys, interviews, extensive use of secondary sources of data, identification of environmental factors that might affect future educational information and counseling service development in Oregon, a specification of study limitations, and a final working conference where preliminary assessment findings were reviewed and debated. The needs assessment considered the adequacy of educational information and counseling services in the state in order to help in the decision of whether to apply for federal funds under the Educational Information Centers Program. It was concluded that information services were not adequate. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Educational Assessment, Educational Counseling, Evaluation Criteria, Government Role, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Services, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Occupational Information, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; Educational Information Centers Program; Oregon
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).