ERIC Number: ED065539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Field Testing of Evaluation Workshop I: An Orientation.
Klein, Stephen P.; Nadeau, Marc-Andre
The general purpose of an evaluation workshop is to orient school and state department of education personnel to the basic principles, procedures, and problems associated with evaluating educational programs and to the kinds of information an evaluation can provide for educational decision making. The workshop studied is based on the general evaluation model developed at the Center for the Study of Evaluation at UCLA. It takes two days to run and is ideally suited for groups of 30-45 participants. Workshop materials consist of an exportable leader's manual, a notebook for each participant, and a set of exercises for each team of three participants. Each module of the workshop involves instruction in a facet of evaluation, practice in solving relevant problems in this area, and feedback and discussion of the correct answers. By the end of the workshop, participants have completed exercises involving the selection, collection, analysis, and reporting of evaluation information for decision making. The development of the workshop began in January, 1969, as an "opportunity project" within the Center. Three feasibility studies of it were completed between March, 1969, and April, 1970. A revised version was developed and field tested at five sites with the target audiences during the Spring and early Summer of 1970. Although the results of these and the previous sessions were positive, it was evident that changes were needed. These changes were made, and the workshop was given two special field trials at the end of August. After additional revisions were made, the workshop was given operational field tests throughout the United States between October, 1970 and August, 1971, with the target populations. The results of these field trials and a subsequent follow-up impact study were positive. (Author/CK)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.