ERIC Number: ED217078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Evaluability Assessment: The Promise in Practice.
Schubert, Jane G.
Studies were conducted by the American Institute for Research (AIR) under contract with the Department of Education (ED). An evaluability assessment determines the extent to which a program is ready for evaluation, the changes needed to make the program more manageable and accountable, and toward what questions a more extensive evaluation might usefully be directed. The evaluators must learn about a specific program before performing a responsible evaluation. However, at the same time, the program staff should be educated about evaluability assessment and methodology. If this is neglected, potential benefits from participating in the study are lost. Input from project managers is necessary to insure that programs are accurately portrayed. An evaluability assessment is an evolving concept which requires informed and responsible flexibility. The extent to which consensus exists on program objectives, major program activities, or appropriate measures of performance must be determined. Evaluators interview individuals with different perspectives on the program. The analysis of these interviews provides important information. On site data collection includes formal information, as well as informal data gained through anecdotes and impressions. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Institute for Research; Evaluability Assessment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).