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ERIC Number: ED120848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 33
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Communication Strategies in Public Policy Decision Making: An Analysis of Processes in Major Needs Assessment Models from a Systems Point of View.
Witkin, Belle Ruth
The role of communication processes and strategies in needs assessment models and changes that have taken place in communication networks as a concomitant in school-community interaction is discussed in this paper. Federal and state legislatures and local communities have required that school districts document their needs and provide a rationale for the ways in which they spend their funds. As a consequence, a number of needs assessment models and data gathering instruments and procedures have emerged. The purpose of these models is to gather data for decision making, specifically for setting priorities for allocation of funds and for short- and long-range planning. The success of the needs assessment often depends almost entirely upon the effectiveness of the communication processes. Although there have been many published reports of needs assessments, including descriptions of methods used and results obtained, there have been very few critical or evaluative studies. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 1975)