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ERIC Number: ED117035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Strategy for Program Evaluation.
Leinhardt, Gaea
This paper proposes a strategy for in-house evaluations in the context of an educational research and development facility. The obstacles in conducting an evaluation of colleagues' programs are discussed; these fall into two categories. First, there is a set of problems that relate to conflicts inherent in judging the work of a colleague without the protection of anonymity or organizational authority, and second, there are problems posed by the unique characteristics of the program under consideration, which can appear more complex than they are due to the myopia induced by such close association. The proposed strategy, as presented, places the evaluator in the role of coordinator, facilitator, and synthesizer of several separate research efforts in which colleagues in a variety of disciplines combine energies and interests to assess the program being examined. The paper states that the recruitment of researchers to participate in the strategy was accomplished by persuasion and by assuring a payoff to the researchers involved in the form of contributions to their own area of research. The tactics used for organization and management are discussed in some detail. The preliminary results suggested that the evaluation effort was facilitated and its value increased by multidisciplinary contributions to the research. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.