ERIC Number: ED124584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Measuring the Degree of Implementation of an Innovation.
Gephart, William J.
This paper argues that measuring the degree of implementation is important if causative statements about effects of an innovation are to be made. It identifies four classes of problems which impede such measurement: the purpose problem, the local adaptability probelm, the scalor problem, and the innovation completeness problem. An understanding of these four classes of problems should lead to better efforts at measuring the degree of implementation of an innovation by making one conscious of: (1) the need to specify the purpose for measuring and to focus work on that purpose; (2) the probability and acceptability of local adaptions and the need to assess their appropriateness given the local circumstances; (3) the futility of a single measure and the advantages of a profile in measuring degree of implementation; and (4) that responsibility for outcomes of the use of an innovation rests both with the developer and the implementor. (Author/DEP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)