ERIC Number: ED344978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Youth Programs: A Critical Gap in the Research. ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 79.
This Digest argues that management factors are central to youth program successes and failures and that these factor have been ignored in research on youth programs. Instead, the Digest notes that research and evaluation of programs have focused on the following: (1) whether the right audience is served; (2) whether to make incremental improvements or radical changes in program design; and (3) whether data about program effectiveness were gathered or interpreted properly. Drawing from evaluations of several programs the Digest suggests the following four elements essential for quality program management: (1) a well-managed service delivery system; (2) effective targeting and recruiting; (3) a well-articulated and consistent identity; and (4) sound leadership and an effective staff. In addition, funding mechanisms usually do not allow for long-term, stable staffing as funders expect services to begin as soon as the grant is made and ignore the fact that the staff must be hired and trained. Consequently, many programs are poorly run. One national study is cited as finding that low salaries and workers' perceptions of a lack of advancement in the field contributed to high turn-over while program managers reported that they preferred to hire more staff over investing in training existing staff. Included are five references. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrative Principles, Administrative Problems, Disadvantaged Youth, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Research Design, Research Problems, Youth Programs
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: Digest is based on an unpublished paper, "Inside Youth Programs: A Paper on the Limitations of Research" by A. Hahn.