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ERIC Number: ED166212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Evaluation: Lessons Drawn from the Evaluations of Five Early Childhood Education Programs.
Granville, Arthur C.; And Others
Five different program evaluations were described to indicate those qualities which make an evaluation effective or not effective. Evaluation effectiveness was defined as impact on decision making or long-term policy formation, and influence upon a variety of audiences. Robert D. Matz described the First Chance Project, and concluded that the evaluation methodology used to inform policymakers should be distinct from the approach used to improve teaching. John M. Love, who was associated with the national Home Start Demonstration Program, felt that several factors contributed to the value and use of evaluation information: evaluations planned with the program; timely reports; rigorous experimental design; respect between agency and evaluators; demonstrated relationships between process and outcomes; and non-controversial appeal of the program. Project Developmental Continuity was discussed by Arthur C. Granville. Factors affecting evaluation impact included the relevance of quantitative data; sociopolitical acceptability of the implications; and pertinence to evaluation criteria. Allen G. Smith, who discussed Project Follow Through, supported close relationships between evaluation research and curriculum. Lawrence J. Schweinhart of the Ypsilanti (Michigan) Perry Preschool Project recommended intensive one-site studies, determination of the feasibility of longitudinal studies, and adequate funding. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)