ERIC Number: ED351437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Design of a Model Management Information System (MIS) for California's Regional Occupational Centers and Programs. Final Report.
Dick, James C.; And Others
The management information system (MIS) development project for California's Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROC/Ps) was conducted in 3 phases over a 12-month period. Phase I involved a literature review and field study to match MIS design features and development strategy with existing conditions in ROC/Ps. A decision support system was chosen because of the need for integrated and interpreted data reported by local ROC/P managers. A middle-out or prototyping approach was selected due to the extreme diversity of ROC/Ps. Phase II included development and pilot testing of MIS model software at 12 pilot sites. Findings indicated the following: the software was relatively free of bugs, technical documentation was clear and easy to follow, current data aggregations were problematic, data preparation and input time was slow and cumbersome, top manager involvement was lower than optimum, and conceptual understanding was difficult. In Phase III, participants were interviewed and findings were analyzed and reported. Participants expressed enthusiastic interest in implementation. The most common criticism was the labor-intensive nature of the initial data input. Suggested improvements were less restrictive fields and changes to user interface. A suggested use for the system was a base of program evaluation data. (Appendixes include a 96-item bibliography, interview forms, and supporting documents, such as lists of data and information needs, review of existing information systems, computer model, and software benefits.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software Evaluation, Data Processing, Decision Making, Information Management, Literature Reviews, Management Information Systems, Models, Program Development, Program Implementation, Regional Schools, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs.
Authoring Institution: California Educational Research Cooperative, Riverside.
Identifiers: California; Regional Occupational Centers