ERIC Number: ED199327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Local Evaluation Use: Can the TAC Help?
Hansen, Joe B.
Interviews were conducted with contact persons in each of six Western states to assist in determining how the services and products of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I Evaluation Technical Assistance Centers (TAC) could be used most effectively to help State and local education agencies improve the use and usefulness of evaluations. Respondents were asked to identify the biggest obstacle to the use of evaluation data and how TAC could help to improve evaluation use. Data quality was the most frequently cited obstacle to effective use of evaluations. Other obstacles cited reference data interpretation, quality of objectives, timing of the evaluation-report cycle, limitations of the Title I Evaluation and Reporting System, negative or inappropriate uses of data, confounding results across programs, focusing the evaluation reports, and training at the wrong level. More direct training on data interpretation and use and on implementation evaluation, assistance with local studies, and a refocusing of evaluation on the building level were seen as vehicles for TAC to provide help for evaluation improvement. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Technical Assistance Centers; United States (West)
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the California Educational Research Association (San Mateo, CA, November 20, 1980).