ERIC Number: ED202885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
Recommendations for Improving Evaluation Utilization in Federal Education Programs (From the Report of the National Research Council Committee on Program Evaluation in Education).
Alkin, Marvin C.
Recommendations to increase the relevance of information, improve the communication of information, and increase user responsiveness to information are presented. Recommendations include the following: (1) the Department of Education (ED) should institute a flexible planning system for evaluations of federal education programs; (2) congressional requests for evaluation should identify the kind of question(s) to be addressed; (3) in evaluation initiated by the ED, the kinds of evaluation activities to be carried out should be specified clearly and should be justified in terms of program development or program implementation; (4) the ED should ensure that dissemination of evaluation results achieves adequate coverage; (5) the ED should observe the rights of any parties at interest and the public in general to information generated about public programs; (6) the ED should test various mechanisms for providing linkage between evaluators and potential users; and (7) the ED should provide funds for training programs in evaluation to increase the skills of individuals currently charged with carrying out or using evaluations and to increase the participation of minorities. While no formal recommendation was made to increase user responsiveness to evaluation, it was suggested that the ED consider a plan requiring evaluation use reports. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA April 13-17, 1981).