ERIC Number: ED123393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Putting the Pieces Together or Examining Results of Several People's Efforts in Several Programs Over Several Years--One Type of "Macro Program Evaluation."
Steele, Sara M.
The Shawano County Evaluation Project examines the results of programing efforts by Extension personnel, county and statewide, over a 15-year period. It attempts to deal with results of all 13 Extension program areas, which range from 4-H to programs for doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. The paper describes the four major variables being examined, through interviews with both a random sample of 1,200 households and selected people known to have high contact with Extension. They are: (1) nature and amount of contact, (2) perception of helpfulness of that contact, (3) examples of specific results, (4) overall benefit framework. The variables are designed to fit and relate information about specific programs at a macro level. The paper describes how a telephone interview schedule was developed for use both with people with little or no contact with Extension and those who had had extensive contact. The paper also discusses certain philosophical assumptions inherent in this approach to macro-level program evaluation: (1) in adult education, few program participants hold the same specific objectives, but most have common broad objectives, (2) perception of help and value is as important as, or more important than, proof of results being attained. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin