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ERIC Number: ED118603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 18
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Causal Modeling in Educational and Social Program Evaluation.
Johnson, Thomas J.; And Others
Educational and social programs often develop from a weak or imprecise conceptualization relating the program's system of input variables to its claimed outcomes. Evaluation personnel can contribute both to the final development of a program and to the fair evaluation of such programs by learning to formally characterize programs and to construct causal models of them. The evaluation effort represents an attempt to determine the correctness of the program's existing conceptualization, and if properly carried out, permits the developer/sponsor to strengthen, add, or delete components which are found to be nonfunctional. In this paper, the authors discuss the concept of causal model building and illustrate their ideas with an example of how causal model construciton procedures were used to assist in the evaluation of a complex early childhood program. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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