ERIC Number: ED104854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Feasibility of Determining Success Criteria for Educational Research and Development Projects.
Ball, Rodney J.; Cook, Desmond L.
The determination of final success of educational research and development projects is an important problem for those concerned with project management and evaluation. The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to determine if schedule, cost, quality/performance, follow-on work, spin-off benefits, and customer/client satisfaction were given a different order of importance by different persons associated with education projects and what the order of importance was; and (b) to determine if a composite/criterion of educational project success employing the same criteria could be established. The data were obtained through mailings to project managers, parent organization representatives, and government project monitors of 218 terminated projects funded by the U.S. Office of Education. Sixty-five percent responded to the mailing by completing the data collection instruments. It was found that different persons associated with educational projects viewed the importance of the criteria of project success in much the same way, in the following order of importance: (a) quality/performance; (b) customer/client satisfaction; (c) spin-off benefits; (d) follow-on work; (e) cost; and (f) schedule. (A section citing implications for project management and evaluation, suggestions for future research, and an appendix of data collection tools is included.) (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 31-April 3, 1975)