ERIC Number: ED126570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Some Concepts to Consider in Measuring the Impact of SEA and LEA Services.
Rumbaugh, Stanley A.
This paper presents some issues that must be addressed before "productivity" can be measured. State and local education agencies should be concerned with measuring the impact of their actions rather than with productivity per se. Impact would be defined as the ratio of the quantity of output to the quantity of need. It is recognized that there is a great deal of difficulty in adequately measuring outputs in the public sector and particularly in education. In most instances, proxy measures will need to be used. However, by emphasizing the improvement of impact at each level in the education hierarchy, a system for overall improvement of productivity can be established that is cognizant of both the difficulty in measuring outputs and of the subtle mixture of "inputs" of human, natural, and financial resources that are involved in delivering services to children and youth. The critical issues that must be addressed in implementing an "impact improvement program" seem to be identification and prioritization of goals and objectives, identification of appropriate audiences or recipients of services and their needs, explication of desired impacts, and development of an information base for monitoring and evaluating the delivery of services. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Systems, Measurement Techniques, Productivity, Program Design, School Districts, State Departments of Education
Not available separately, see EA 008 509
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title V