ERIC Number: ED235313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Conceptual Approach to the Design of Management Information Systems for State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.
Portny, Stanley E.
State vocational rehabilitation agencies need a system for effectively and efficiently collecting, processing, and reporting program information. Design of such a system begins with a thorough understanding of the nature of the information needs and the particular applications for which the information will be used. Information needs may be divided into two categories: those arising from the requirements of external audiences that influence the program and those emanating from the internal demands of planning, management, control, and operation. When designing a state vocational rehabilitation agency management information system, each of five system operations should be addressed: data collection and preparation, data entry, data storage and retrieval, central processing, and report preparation. Some common issues and concerns for state agency information systems include the use of only a portion of the data routinely collected for agency planning, management, or operations; the maintenance by field staff of data routinely recorded in a centralized data base; the creation of reports that are not designed by identifying the particular need they are to fulfill and contain unnecessary information; and the marginal attempts to highlight and interpret significant information in a report. (Attachments describe efforts in Virginia and Illinois to use existing program data to analyze agency performance through a case load analysis system.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Berkeley Planning Associates, CA.; Portny (Stanley E.) and Associates, Inc., Alexandria, VA.