ERIC Number: ED044611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Methodology of Evaluating Social Action Programs.
Cain, Glen G.; Hollister, Robinson G.
Focusing on the evaluation of outcomes ("cost benefit analysis") in large scale social action programs, this paper examines issues relating to the adequacy of theory and methodology as well as the impact of different types of persons (academics, politicians, program administrators) involved in the evaluation process. Problems of evaluation design--control groups, the criterion of replicability (applicability on a wider scale), statistical analysis, and implications of differing socioeconomic criteria--are considered in detail. The authors then propose a deliberately experimental approach which would permit program planners and administrators to learn faster by testing alternative concepts simultaneously. Using an analogy with the court system, they also discuss the potential value of a "rules in evidence" approach to setting standards for acceptance of evaluation results. The document includes 19 footnotes, followed by reprints and other publications by the Industrial Relations Research Institute and the Center for Studies in Vocational and Technical Education. (LY)
Descriptors: Action Research, Bibliographies, Cost Effectiveness, Evaluation Criteria, Labor Force Development, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Social Action, Statistical Analysis
Industrial Relations Research Institute, 4315 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Studies in Vocational and Technical Education.
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