ERIC Number: ED041642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-May-15
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A Review of the Evaluation of the Follow Through Program.
Alkin, Marvin C.
This review of a research institute's evaluation of the national Follow Through program asserts that both the contracting office and the research institute failed to adequately specify the kind of study intended and the functions which it proposed to serve. One of several kinds of evaluation studies might have been undertaken: (1) a research study, demonstrating relationships between variables to provide hypotheses for program approaches, (2) a summative evaluation of the national program, (3) a summative evaluation of the relative effectiveness of various sponsor programs in achieving the Follow Through objectives, or (4) a formative evaluation, providing information to the decision-maker useful in modifying the program or in understanding outcome differences. It is difficult to make specific recommendations because of the lack of study definition. General recommendations are: (a) that the institute's evaluation study be continued for one more year since preliminary data collection has already been done, (b) the study focus be clarified, with the assistance of an outside panel, and (c) the best approach for the coming year would probably be alternative (3), listed above. (Author/NH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.