ERIC Number: ED201778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Organization of Educational Brokering Units: Aspects of Effectiveness.
Using the concept of organizational effectiveness to aid in the development of a statewide policy for educational information centers (EICs), a project described and analyzed selected organizational features of 28 Pennsylvania Educational Information Centers. Six organizational attributes, dealing with structure, policy, and process (legitimacy, funding, staff, clients, connections, and information) were examined as they appear in the 28 Pennsylvania units. Using the six organizational features, the sample was first described to give a sense of the variety and similarity in the way the centers operate. Next, comparisons among the units were made by means of an intra-sample rating to identify areas that were most effectively organized. Then a panel of national experts from outside Pennsylvania rated the organizational features in a forced choice model. The study revealed that an EIC can be operated effectively under a variety of organizational forms and that the task of communicating what EICs are all about is consistently and seriously underestimated. It was also found that sponsorship makes important contributions to the survival quotient of EICs. Effective utilization of policy units, reports, planning, staff, information, and networking are among key EIC success factors. At present EIC funding is uncertain. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Brokerage; Educational Information Centers; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).