ERIC Number: ED250108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Residential Institutions.
Drawing on the research experience of the Dartington Social Research Unit, this paper discusses methods and perspectives used in evaluating English residential institutions for children. Work of the Dartington Social Research Unit has involved evaluating aspects of a wide range of institutions, from elite boarding schools to children's homes and schools for young offenders. Some of the approaches used in this research include (1) the process model, an input-output approach that entails looking at residential institutions in terms of resource, treatment, and sheltering success; (2) conflict models, which contrast the perceptions of different groups and participants in the residential process; (3) adaptation models, which explore the ways in which staff and clients adapt to the goals of the residential establishment; (4) examination of the residential institution within the wider care system; (5) evaluation in terms of the continuity of residential care and its congruence with people's expectations; and (6) evaluation of residential care in historical terms. It is concluded that, while evaluation of residential establishments is a highly complex task, research should be an important aspect of developing residential practice and evaluation should be an integral part of planning and development. (CB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England; Orphanages
Note: Paper presented at the Fatherhood Forum (Chicago, IL, June 16, 1984).