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ERIC Number: ED178592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Interamerican Center for Teaching Statistics (CIENES).
Mauch, James; Cann, Kenneth
The Inter-American Center for the Teaching of Statistics (CIENES), Santiago, Chile--an educational unit of the Organization of American States (OAS)--was evaluated. Elements which were assessed included operating costs and program results; methods of meeting user needs more effectively; identification of possible duplication; and ways in which CIENES might operate more effectively and efficiently. The following evaluation methods were used: (1) document analysis; (2) interviews with students and graduates of the organization, and officials in agencies, universities, and international organizations knowledgeable about CIENES; (3) analysis of budgets and other financial documents; (4) evaluations by the heads of statistical services of the governments which are members of OAS; and (5) meetings with OAS officials. Conclusions which were reached indicated a high-quality program and adequate physical plant and equipment; weaknesses in budgeting and operating costs control; some program duplication; and the need for more administrative and fiscal autonomy. Recommendations were made to encourage CIENES graduates to provide technical assistance to help nations develop local national institutional capacities in training their own statisticians, and to solve some of the perceived weaknesses. (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A