ERIC Number: ED200642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Impact of a Process Evaluation on an Urban School System's Policies and Practices.
Cichon, Donald J.; And Others
A setting is described in which an evaluation was used with significant impacts on policies and programs. Some of those impacts are delineated, types of utilization employed by staff within the system are illustrated, and conditions under which the evaluation was conducted to obtain such a high level of use are discussed. In the 1979-80 school year, an extensive process evaluation of the Title I program was conducted in a large Northeastern urban school district. To identify the process variables of study, two sources were used: a review of literature on effectiveness of compensatory programs and extensive interviews with individuals and groups involved in the program. Instruments were developed appropriate to the questions identified, and data were collected from students, regular classroom teachers, aides, reading and math consultants, social workers and principals. The school was the unit of study and regular feedback was provided to all parties on results summarized at various points in the study. Results indicated that the evaluation had substantial impact on program and policy changes, and that role groups in the broadest leadership positions (e.g. coordinator, principals) articulated the most instances of evaluation utilization. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).