ERIC Number: ED219073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
Year One Evaluation of SPIN and SPIF: Procedures and Findings.
This paper reports on an evaluation of the first 6 months of operation for two new services developed by Bibliographic Retrieval Services (BRS): the School Practices Information Network (SPIN), a computer-supported network of educational information providers at all organizational levels, and the School Practices Information File (SPIF), an online computer-searchable database of information of educational programs, practices, and instructional materials. SPIN and SPIF are briefly described, the evaluation design is reviewed and the population surveyed is described, and the data sources and data collection methods for the evaluation survey are outlined. Findings are then presented for the following areas: the frequency of SPIN use, the utility of SPIN, problems and needed improvements in SPIN, frequency of use and utility of SPIF, and user awareness of SPIF. General conclusions and discussion of overall results close the report. Five data tables accompany the text and the survey questionnaire is appended. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: School Practices Information File; School Practices Information Network
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, February 23, 1982).