ERIC Number: ED154025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Training to Facilitate Agency Self-Evaluation.
Kirkhart, Karen E.
Amid the growing concern with accountability of mental health service agencies, increased emphasis is being focused on program self-evaluation. Evaluation criteria involve systems management, client utilization, and outcome of intervention. In designing training for self-evaluation, one must deal with issues raised by the new audience of potential trainees and the new content areas in which skills are needed. Five gaps in current evaluation methods include the need to provide a high volume of training at little cost to participants; the need for individualized, agency-specific assistance; the ability to train persons from greatly diverse roles and background; the need for training in the social skills for managing the human side of evaluation; and the need to integrate the social interactional component of evaluation with the technical tools that are readily available. The Evaluation Curriculum Development Project developed a model of training in self-evaluation to meet these needs. It contains five basic units: (1) assessing organizational readiness for evaluation; (2) reaching consensus on the definitions of program evaluation; (3) identifying organizational prerequisites to evaluation; (4) developing an overview of the evaluation cycle; and (5) pinpointing evaluative questions to be answered. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Agencies, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Evaluators, Mental Health Clinics, Mental Health Programs, Models, Organizational Effectiveness, Professional Training, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Training Methods
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)