ERIC Number: ED243586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Issues Related to Instrumentation in Large-Scale Program Evaluation: Research Needs, Selection Considerations, and Alternative Outcome Indicators.
Keesling, J. Ward; Smith, Allen G.
Future research in Follow Through should be eclectic and comprehensive. In particular, the setting for Strand Two of the National Institute of Education's (NIE) research program for Follow Through should provide opportunities for sponsors of innovations to implement programs targeted at many outcomes. There should be a commitment to measuring varying outcomes in order to relate them to characteristics of a program or model and to the conditions of its implementation. For evaluation purposes, a common core of measures should be used; matrix sampling methods might be used to assess performance on those measures. Participation in the new research initiative will require the sponsor to name the outcomes to be influenced by the program. Further, the sponsor will be required to propose a measure or measures for assessing those outcomes. One of the services that the new Follow Through research program could perform would be to help sponsors create adequate alternative measures of outcomes. Follow Through program sponsors, rather than NIE alone, should be involved in the process of instrument selection and development. The standard terminology of validity and reliability is relevant to the test selection and development effort. (A list of some potential outcomes of Project Follow Through is appended.) (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Institute of Education; Project Follow Through
Note: Filmed from best available copy. Paper presented at the Learning Research and Development Center/National Institute of Education Conference on Follow Through (Pittsburgh, PA, March 12-13, 1980).