ERIC Number: ED079860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May-15
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Educational R & D Centers and Laboratories: An Analysis of Effective Organizational Strategies.
Baldridge, J. Victor; Johnson, Rudolph
The purpose of this research was to study the link between effective management strategies and the impact of educational research and development. The 19 R & D Centers and Regional Laboratories of the United States Office of Education were selected as the focal organizations for analysis. Using document analysis and interviews, the researchers drew a number of conclusions about effective organizational strategies in (1) Program Focuses and Evaluation Systems, (2) Commitment to Dissemination and Implementation, (3) Staffing Patterns, (4) Relations with Field Users of R & D Innovations, and (5) Relations with Educational Training Institutions. The 3-fold task included the descriptive phase, which outlined various practices within the labs and centers on the above topics; the analysis phase, which pointed to some practical consequences of using different styles of management; and the recommendation phase, which suggested some management policies that the authors felt should be widely adopted. The authors consider this project to be an example of "policy research", or that research which analyzes a practical problem with specific policy outcomes in mind. They therefore present a set of recommendations that may actually be implemented in Educational Research and Development centers. (Author)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Administration, Educational Development, Educational Research, Evaluation, Information Dissemination, Management Systems, Operations Research, Organization, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Planning, Policy, Policy Formation, Program Evaluation, Research and Development Centers, Staff Utilization
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Authoring Institution: National Academy of Education, Stanford, CA.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.