ERIC Number: ED208188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-9
Reference Count: 0
Design of a National Cost-Benefit Study of Vocational Education at the Secondary, Postsecondary and Adult Levels: Cost-Benefit Feasibility Report.
Simison, Diane; And Others
A study assessed the feasibility of conducting a national cost-benefit analysis of vocational education and presented recommendations for future research on the relationship between vocational education costs and benefits. Following an analysis of the state of the art in utilizing cost-benefit methodologies to evaluate vocational education, a review was conducted of the measurement problems that might confront a study team performing a cost-benefit analysis; then, after consultation with technical experts, strategies for developing a cost-benefit model of vocational education were formulated and implemented. The model (which included variables in the areas of monetary benefits, non-pecuniary benefits, current costs, and opportunity costs) then became the subject of a Delphi analysis. Input was collected from technical experts participating in the Delphi analysis with respect to the desirability and feasibility of the components of the specified model as well as the feasibility of overcoming some anticipated modeling and implementation problems. Analysis of thse comments resulted in a series of recommendations for a national cost-benefit study. The survey and its results are included in the study report. (Related project reports are available separately through ERIC--see note.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Economics, Evaluation Methods, Feasibility Studies, Models, National Surveys, Operating Expenses, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rehab Group, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Note: For a related document see CE 030 246-248.