ERIC Number: ED117190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Application of the Experimental Method to Program Evaluation: Problems and Prospects. TM Report 47.
Severy, Lawrence J.
The purpose of this paper is to: (1) discuss the reasons for applying the experimental method to program evaluation; (2) review the basic elements of the experimental method; (3) illustrate refinements and variants of the experimental method with examples from program evaluation in the social sciences; (4) describe ways in which funding directives can be adapted to the experimental method; and (5) discuss potential problems connected with the experimental approach. Thus, the intent is to present a comprehensive, but nontechnical, discussion of the issues surrounding program evaluation and the experimental method to help administrators, educators, graduate students, novice researchers, and program and project directors conceive of ways to effectively apply program evaluation to their own programs and other endeavors. (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Information Dissemination, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Scientific Methodology
ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J. 08540 (free while supplies last)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Princeton, NJ.