ERIC Number: ED213744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Nature and Conduct of Management Evaluation Studies and the Acceptance of Recommendations by Decision Makers.
Oman, Ray C.
Although there is considerable discussion and speculation about decision makers' acceptance and utilization of evaluation findings, little empirical research has been conducted on the subject. The purpose of this research effort is to help fill that void by examining the degree to which findings are accepted and the factors which influence acceptance, based on empirically gathered data. This research effort describes management analysis and evaluation studies conducted within Federal agencies and factors related to the acceptance of study recommendations. The research results will add to the body of knowledge about the kinds of studies conducted by management evaluators, the methods and techniques used in the conduct of the studies, and the degree to which study recommendations are accepted by decision makers. Typologies have been developed to provide a framework for analyzing the relationship between the kinds of studies and the methods used, and the acceptance of recommendations. The research effort brings together the themes of analysis and evaluation studies, decisionmaking, and organization change. (The findings indicated in this paper are based on a preliminary and partial analysis of six management evaluations. A complete analysis of 20 management evaluation studies will be completed in April, 1982.) (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Empirical Methods; Evaluation Problems; Evaluation Utilization; Management Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Evaluation Network and Evaluation Research Society (Austin, TX, October 1-3, 1981).