ERIC Number: ED064782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
An Experiment in Performance Contracting.
Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.
This report describes the experimental design, presents the contract provisions, and provides conclusions and recommendations. The document is comprised of five chapters that discuss (1) the statistical analysis methods used, (2) the problems of using standardized tests in performance contracting, (3) the contractual procedures between OEO and the 18 school districts and between the school districts and the private firms, (4) an analysis of program costs, and (5) the opinions of school district project managers and those of four of the six participating companies toward the OEO experiment in particular and toward performance contracting in general. A final chapter contains the contractors' statement. The report notes that the results of the experiment indicate that the firms operating under performance contracts did not perform significantly better than did the more traditional school systems. It urges, however, that the results not be interpreted as a blanket finding that educational services and materials should not be purchased under performance-based contracts, nor that private firms cannot provide valuable educational services. This volume includes the more detailed papers that formed the basis for the summary publication (See ED 060 546). (Author/JF)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.