ERIC Number: ED173547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Impact Evaluation in Vocational Education: The State of the Art. Information Series No. 157.
Grasso, John T.
One of a series of sixteen knowledge transformation papers, this paper represents a comprehensive study of the nature and types of impact evaluation available to vocational administrators, researchers, and evaluation experts. After explaining the concepts of the CIPP (context, input, process, product) model, of summative evaluation and the value of using comparison groups, of efficiency vs. effectiveness, of intrinsic vs. pay-off evaluation, and of impact evaluation vs. research, the first section concludes with a working definition of impact evaluation. The next section discusses the importance of this type of evaluation, especially in relation to federal legislation which requires data collection and reporting, planning, and evaluation to provide accountability. Next, current evaluation practices are reviewed to show their strengths and weaknesses. On-site visitation, evaluation of student competencies, and follow-up evaluation are analyzed in depth. The fourth section focuses on current developments such as evaluation models for states, a vocational education study conducted by the National Institute of Education, the role of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, and various national surveys like the National Longitudinal Surveys. Following a prognosis for the future of impact evaluation, the paper ends with a lengthy bibliography. (ELG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see CE 019 603-618