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ERIC Number: ED206678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
How Evaluators Can Help Program Managers Improve Their Use of Information from Tests and Evaluations.
Apling, Richard
Three specific points are made about helping program managers improve their use of information: (1) program managers appear to be the easiest group for evaluators to work with to improve use; (2) realistically, these managers may be the most difficult group to help; and (3) several strategies exist that evaluators use to help program people improve their use of information. During the course of his study, the author found several areas to be of concern to program managers. These areas include meeting program requirements, dealing with a lack of authority to meet program responsibilities, maintaining funding levels, and improving the program. These concerns are best alleviated through use of the following strategies: pressing for district policies requiring managerial response to evaluations; streamlining fulfillment of required evaluations; highlighting the use of findings for program promotion; forewarning managers about adverse findings; encouraging institutionalization of information use; and helping managers recognize patterns in tests and evaluations that point out strengths and weaknesses. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Utilization; Program Specialists