ERIC Number: ED132669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Influences of Political, Cost/Benefit, and Statistical Evaluation Information on Administrative Decision Making.
Lorenzen, Gary L.; Braskamp, Larry A.
The influence of three types of evaluation information was studied in simulated decision-making situations within a community mental health center setting. Administrators reviewed decision problems and were then presented political, cost/benefit, and statistical information one at a time. After each presentation, subjects rated the importance they placed on the different types of information and then indicated their decisions regarding the problem. The results indicated that only cost/benefit data significantly influenced administrators' decisions. The effects of various types of information were not dependent on the type of decision situation. Length of time in administrative positions did not significantly correlate with the level of importance placed on political, cost/benefit, or statistical data. The findings indicated that if program evaluators are to have an impact on decision-making, they must provide better cost/benefit data and face up to a much tougher payoff-based evaluation strategy. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)