ERIC Number: ED251499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Triangulating School District Needs with Multiple Constituency Groups.
McLean, James E.; Hortman, J. William
This paper describes a survey-based needs assessment method for school districts using multiple constituency groups. The constituency groups included are: the general public, community leaders, parents, students, graduates, and professional educators. The method requires polling the groups using telephone surveys, mailed surveys, or group administered surveys. Many survey questions can be used on all survey forms with minor modifications. This general procedure was applied to two Alabama School Systems wanting broad input on future district plans and their financing. In both cases the general public and community leaders were surveyed via the telephone. Other groups were surveyed via hand-carried and mailed questionnaires. The survey forms were developed through central office staff brainstorming activities. The boards of educations reviewed the issues before their incorporation into the instruments. Issues incorporated included physical plant, supporting services, staff personnel, pupil personnel, curriculum, community relations, and school finance. There was much more agreement among constituency groups than disagreement. The participation of multiple constituency groups and its attendant publicity resulted in a more favorable environment for change. (Author/BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alexander City Schools AL; Mail Surveys; Talladega County Schools AL; Telephone Surveys; Triangulation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evaluation Network and the Evaluation Research Society (San Francisco, CA, October 10-13, 1984).