ERIC Number: ED214983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Management Review of Evaluation Practice.
Evaluation practice within state education agencies (SEAs) is reviewed from a management consultant's perspective. The study is based upon a review of literature, discussions with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Research on Evaluation Program, and visits to SEAs in California, Montana and Washington. The main findings of the study deal with the current practice of evaluation in SEAs, and with management metaphors which throw light upon the evaluation unit considered as a supplier of services within the SEA, and upon the unit's clients who are its customers for such services. The central theme of the study is that the basic paradigm underlying SEA evaluation is in the process of change, moving from the big study, advanced methodology glamor of the late 1960s to an organization-based function supporting SEA management in a variety of ways, alongside other staff specialists. The study suggests that in the long term the SEA evaluation function will condense into two sets of roles, namely, that of evaluation systems analysis, and a consulting role. The study then goes on to identify three possible intervention strategies: (1) clarification and confirmation of the new paradigm; (2) assistance to the supply side of evaluation services; and (3) the building up of informed and understanding demand among evaluation clients. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: California; Evaluation Research; Montana; Washington