ERIC Number: ED230616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cost Effectiveness in Evaluation Technical Assistance: Different Aspects of Measuring Cost and Outcomes.
Estes, Gary D.
The paper focuses on the Title I Evaluation Technical Assistance Centers to illustrate issues of measuring costs and deciding on outcome criteria before promoting "cost-effective" approaches. Effects are illustrated for varying resource allocations among personnel, travel, materials, and phone costs as a function of emphasizing workshops, on-site consultations, phone consultations or material mailouts as assistance strategies. Accounting for staff time by type of activity such as workshop preparation/presentation, travel, and materials development is illustrated as another method to analyze resource allocations or costs. Outcomes which might be indirect indicators of effects such as number of workshops provided, clients served, or consultation hours provided are contrasted with more direct indicators such as number of districts with "high quality" reports, number of cases in which evaluations are used or client satisfaction with services. Finally, the feasibility of actually conducting cost-effectiveness studies is questioned. Sponsors, service providers and clients will value different outcomes. It is helpful to make explicit the relationship between resource allocations and desired outcomes to minimize potential conflicts among these groups. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Technical Assistance Centers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).