ERIC Number: ED193320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Federal vs. Local Control in the Evaluation of Human Resource Development Programs.
Adams, Kay A.
Because CETA and vocational education programs have the potential of serving the important social goals of reducing unemployment and providing the benefit of training, evaluation control at the top is essential. This control can be exerted in a manner that avoids some of the pitfalls of overcontrol through providing more alternatives and facilitating decentralized choice and sampling within this range of options. Providing more options at the national level to facilitate local choice may seem like too much work. However, a steep price for evaluations of these programs is already being paid. So, the question of what it takes to make evaluation results truely useful and used is very important. It is shortsighted to assume that evaluation data can influence national policy without being perceived as relevant, accurate, and useful at the local level. Since human resource development programs are locally implemented, federal initiations can be fairly easily blocked or side stepped at the local level. Consequently, the issue of creating an acceptable balance between federal and local control of evaluations is critical to the long range survival, improvement, and success of human resource development programs in meeting significant national problems. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).