ERIC Number: ED330723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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A State Level Model for Educational Improvement: "Using the Concept Paper Approach for Developmental Projects".
Klein, Gerald A.
In an effort to improve the management of the Georgia Department of Education innovation program, a concept paper process for selecting developmental projects was implemented in January of 1989. The first effort, in January of 1989, yielded 48 papers; the second effort, in November of 1990, yielded 56 papers. For the Novemeber effort, funding was provided for seven of the 56 projects proposed: two were urban projects, and five were rural projects. Rural schools more frequently submitted concept papers than urban schools: 47 of the 56 papers were from rural schools. Before inception of the concept paper, urban schools submitted the majority of the funded proposals. Once a concept proposal is accepted, the full plan is developed with planning resource assistance. Resources include consultants in project organization, program content, and evaluation. Concept papers must respond to one or more of the statewide priorities established each year by the State Strategic Planning Committee. Concept papers, which can be no longer than five pages, are based on seven essential elements and are reviewed, based on 11 criteria, by a four-member panel. Compared to the previous proposal review process, the concept paper approach has resulted in more projects being funded. Problems of interrater reliability across panel reviewers are addressed. One table is included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Concept Paper Approach; Georgia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).