ERIC Number: ED136082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Program Evaluation Van: A Way to Demystify Program Evaluation.
Koroluk, Igor; Lund, Donald A.
This paper offers a humorous parody of the way in which evaluation teams often enter clinical institutions to do program evaluation studies. The parody emphasizes the over-use of sophisticated techniques and methodologies; as well as expensive equipment. The authors then define evaluation as "determining the degree to which a program is meeting its objectives, the problems it is encountering and the side effects it is creating." They contend that in order to evaluate effectively, one must consider the context of the program. Program objectives should be stated in terms of structure, process and outcome, all of which are further defined. Sociodemographic data is generally available about the specific populations served and should also be utilized. Outcome evaluation is seen as the most difficult and costly type of evaluation, but of extreme importance. Outcomes should be defined and explicated. Simplifying the terminology and process of evaluation is essential for improving human service delivery. (NG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (53rd, Atlanta, Georgia, March 3-6, 1976)