ERIC Number: ED109167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
On Evaluating a Project: Some Practical Suggestions. NCME Measurement in Education, Vol. 6, No. 1.
Wick, John W.
Prime indicators for realistic short term/long term project goals are budgets and timetables. Concrets, identifiable objects are useful in separating eloquent rhetoric from actual promises. Similarly, an external evaluator should be able to separate proposals with intentional misrepresentation of funding and goals from those which need further organization. Once a project begins, the evaluator should know whether the data being collected and analyzed will be used for internal public consumption, external public relations, or both. This may depend on whether the evaluators' primary allegiance is to the funding agency or to the project. In any evaluation traditional staff roles and lines of authority should be recognized and better communication facilitated. Technical expertise and the political realities of a system should be reconciled. (BJG)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Needs, Feedback, Formative Evaluation, Program Administration, Program Costs, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement
Office of Evaluation Services, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 (Yearly Subscription Rate $2.00, single copy $0.50, single copies when quantity is 25 or greater $0.35)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Office of Evaluation Services.