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ERIC Number: ED138868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
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Experiences in Evaluating Demonstration Programs Using a Clinical Approach.
Backer, Thomas E.
This paper discusses evaluation of human service programs. Evaluation can be useful because: (1) evaluative data can be relevant to the basic goal of a demonstration to field test some strategy or technique; (2) process evaluation can help generate enthusiasm for self-improvement among staff; (3) evaluation can help build a communication network among personnel; (4) evaluation can help build credibility for a program; and (5) evaluation can help prove the worth of the demonstration program technique itself. Drawbacks include: (1) difficulty of making inferences based on small-scale programs; (2) potential of reduced experimentation; (3) ill-defined demonstrations; (4) length of time line for demonstrations; and (5) political and psychological factors which can distort data gathered about a demonstration's worth. The document presents an example of evaluation of a demonstration program. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)