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ERIC Number: ED110852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 14
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Social Indicators and Program Evaluation.
Elliott, Elizabeth
The paper examines the concept of social indicators as ways of evaluating macro level adult education programs. In general social indicators deal with social factors which affect the quality of life of the population. Social scientists are recognizing the need for both economic and social indicators. Even as the need for social indicators is discussed, the problems which may be associated with their use(questions of measurement, the reduction of social indicators into economic terms, the definition of quality of life) are recognized. Typical social indicators include: health, public safety, education, employment, income, housing, leisure and recreation, and population. In assessing adult education programs with respect to social indicators, the time factor seems to be crucial. In a model evaluation the procedure moves from focusing on a social concern (one source of program objectives) to identifying appropriate social indicators, to collecting evidence, to comparing the evidence to the social indicators. As the program is judged and referred back to the social concern, the cycle starts again, presumably at a more advanced point in relation to the social concern. All adult educators need to work to establish evaluative procedures which attend to qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of program output. (JR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (St. Louis, Missouri, April, 1975)