ERIC Number: ED143697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Evaluating Research in a Psychology Department Clinic.
Imber, Stanley D.
The major objectives in the establishment of a clinic in a department of psychology are to provide a setting for clinical training and for clinical research. Five issues must be considered in order to evaluate a departmental clinic effectively. First, there should be prior specification of objectives and periodic restatement of goals that include descriptions of research activities to be undertaken. Second, the quality of research should be monitored through an analysis of the number of publications in refereed journals, the amount of external funding, citations in scholarly works, etc. Third, there should be a monitoring or arbitration system established within the department to resolve conflicts and competitive interests among research, teaching, and service activities. The fourth set of issues to be considered involve logistic and ethical problems. That is, a mechanism should be established to identify and resolve such matters as the differing needs of volunteer and client-subjects, the accuracy of research solicitation announcements, and access to client files. Finally, the viability of the program must be considered in terms of the probability of future development and survival. This can be accomplished through an analysis of the program's responsiveness to change, the allocation of resources, the autonomy of decision making and the relevance of program goals to those of the larger system. (Author/MV)
Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Clinical Psychology, Clinics, Confidentiality, Decision Making, Educational Programs, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Research Criteria, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Researchers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (48th, Boston, Massachusetts, April 13-16, 1977)