ERIC Number: ED213748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Are Evaluation Usage Types Related?
Forest, Laverne; Anderson-Smith, Charlotte
Research methods and findings relative to improving understanding of program evaluation usage patterns are reported. This study further refines an evaluation usage model consisting of five basic evaluation usage types: communication, learning, motivation, accountability and decision-making. This usage concept has been expanded to include importance and frequency as additional variables. Preliminary analysis supports the premise that usage types of less complexity, such as communication, learning and motivation, occur more frequently than those of higher complexity, such as accountability and decision-making. Conversely, decision-making in particular was determined to be of more importance than the other four types but utilized less often. An examination of patterns of evaluation usage was also done to determine if a hierarchy exists among the five usage categories. For example, do certain types of usage occur consequentially or simultaneously; can a usage taxonomy be developed and if so, is it monolithic or branching? Statistical analysis was used to examine if a logical hierarchy of usage is supported empirically. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Evaluation Network and Evaluation Research Society (Austin, TX, September 30 - October 3, 1981).