ERIC Number: ED114932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Monitoring the Process and Evaluating the Results of Organization Development. Paper No. 452.
King, Donald C.; Sherwood, John J.
Models of five alternative ways to approach the evaluation of organizational development (OD) projects are sketched: (1) ask the expert; (2) what's the target; (3) did we hit the target; (4) mid-course correction; and (5) continuous monitoring. Each model provides a different perspective on the problem of evaluation and each contains certain advantages and disadvantages. The five approaches are next put into organizational context by a survey of some major obstacles to effective evaluation studies. Persistent obstacles are found in the client, in the OD consultant, and within the OD activitv itself. In the final section, two issues are addressed that must be faced in any effort to evaluate an OD program--clarity of the role of evaluation and the audience of the evaluation. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Herman C. Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration.