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ERIC Number: ED138650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 65
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Reflections Upon the Use of Time-Series Design and Analysis for Program Evaluation.
Fox, G. Thomas, Jr.; And Others
An alternative evaluation procedure is critiqued that utilizes both a time-series design and a time-series data analytic procedure. The bases for this critique are the authors' experiences and reflections upon their involvement in a recently completed evaluation project that used a time-series approach. The study was a sixteen month evaluation of a one month training event and its impact on teacher trainees during the following school year. The study was sponsored by Teacher Corps, Washington. The one month training session was the Teacher Corps Member Training Institute (CMTI) held in July, 1975. The critique of the time-series design and the supporting data analytic procedure focuses upon their application to program evaluation. Three questions are posed and answered in this critique: (1) What is time-series description and time-series analysis?, (2) What can time-series design and analysis tell the evaluator? (i.e., Are there certain kinds of evaluation questions that are especially applicable to a time-series design and analysis?), and (3) How can one make time-series design and time-series analysis work in an evaluative setting? (i.e., some practical considerations and limitations when applying the time-series design and analysis to program evaluation). Where applicable, examples are used from the CMTI evaluation study. Time-series is suggested to be an alternative evaluation design and data analytic procedure that can be especially applicable to evaluators who wish to illuminate the process and the impact of an educational program as well as measure its effect in terms of intended outcomes. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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