ERIC Number: ED211845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
We've Only Just Begun. A Comprehensive State VR Program and Policy System Through a Model Evaluation/Management Support Unit. Final Report.
Guise, Harry W.; And Others
A three-year project was conducted in Pennsylvania to design and implement a comprehensive model evaluation management information and policy support unit within the state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency. Five mandated project tasks were carried out to produce products that are necessary for program evaluation (PE). Proposed Federal Evaluation Standards were field tested; the functions of the PE section were conceptualized; techniques and methods of PE were developed and personnel were trained for PE; utilization techniques were developed and improved; and various resources were used to assist in qualitative review. At the completion of the three-year contract, 10 products were produced for use by a model VR PE unit. These products include case review studies, an annual plan for case reviews, client follow-up studies, a computerized system and procedures for identifying and reporting dollars saved through use of non-BVR resources, a technical assistance center, a profile analysis technique to be used as a management tool, a data base system, a program evaulation section organization handbook, a management information system, and guidelines for development of program evaluation plans. Evaluation of the project led to recommendations for refinements and recognition of the difficulty of the evaluation task. (The report is a narrative on ongoing activities, rather than a conceptual review of the project.) (KC)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Case Studies, Demonstration Programs, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Field Tests, Management Information Systems, Material Development, Models, Organizational Development, Planning, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Use Studies, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.
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