ERIC Number: ED220504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Measurement of Evaluation Utilization: Preliminary Results.
Crane, Laura R.; And Others
Based on Leviton and Hughes' conceptualization of variable clusters that affect evaluation utilization, a procedure for measuring utilization potential was developed. Five clusters of variables are consistently related to utilization: relevance, credibility, communication, information processing, and user involvement and advocacy. The communication and information processing factors were combined for this study. To relate the four remaining factors to decision-making within the context of Title I programs, Title I decision areas were identified. They include fund allocation, program adoption or change, staffing, student selection, and test selection. The generation of items for the pilot instrument was a multistage process involving Title I Technical Assistance Centers across the country. From the several hundred items generated, a 65-item pilot instrument was developed and pilot tested. Maximum likelihood factor analysis using a subset of items revealed a set of correlated factors related to Leviton and Hughes' conceptualization. The exploratory factor analysis results were not confirmed on a second sample, but this may have been due to small sample sizes. This research indicates that the possibility of developing a scale to assess utilization potential is very real. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Evaluation Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).