ERIC Number: ED193250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Conceptual Framework for the Evaluation of Planned Social Change.
Through consideration of a conceptual framework, this paper proposes that a comprehensive evaluation can be made that accounts for a project's ability to accomplish social change. The concepts are: (1) ideological development--permits the evaluator to predict the probability of the ultimate change a project can accomplish based on the change agents' consideration of social justice; (2) legacy of change--permits evaluators to determine the potential for continued change after a project's funding ends; (3) comparability--contrasts one project with another to determine the relative merit of each; and (4) social efficacy--includes the determination of the effect of a project and the use of resources used by the project. This framework provides a better standard of judgment than can be made from a single evaluation methodology, because the concepts are not discrete; consideration of each provides a triangulation of data and perspectives to evaluate outcomes of social intervention. A major benefit of this framework is that it offers a procedure for considering effects of social change projects that incorporates multiple perspectives in the analysis. Also considered, however, are which social elements must be changed to effect social change ultimately. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Women's Educational Equity Act Program.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Regional Research Inst. for Human Services.
Identifiers: Comparability; Efficacy; Ideology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).