ERIC Number: ED202890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Information Use by Site Level Decision Makers: Methodological Issues.
Alkin, Marvin C.; Stecher, Brian M.
The general goals of the study were: (1) to obtain the decision maker's perspectives on evaluation, how he defines it, how he carries it out; (2) to better understand the role of evaluation in site level decision making; and (3) to identify important characteristics of evaluation and of the school setting that affect the level of evaluation utilization at the school site. The methodology of the Decision Maker Study is detailed, describing the selection of the respondent sample, the elaboration of the interview strategy and format, the training of the interviewers, the collection of the interview data, and the several analysis activities--some complete, others in progress. Multiple strategies for data analysis included directed discussions, selected reviews of written data summaries, human data banking and an independent "quotation analysis." This many-faceted approach gave added validity to the themes and patterns of interactions uncovered in the study. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Identifiers: Evaluation Research; Evaluation Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).