ERIC Number: ED183614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluability Assessment: Making Public Programs Work Better. Human Services Monograph Series. Number 14.
Schmidt, Richard E.; And Others
Evaluability assessment is a descriptive and analytic process intended to produce a reasoned basis for proceeding with an evaluation of use to both management and policymakers. It was jointly developed by the members of the program evaluation group of the Urban Institute between 1968 and 1978. The approach begins by obtaining management's description of the program. The description is then analyzed to determine whether it is: complete, acceptable to the policymakers, and a valid representation of the program as it actually exists. Three types of models are used: logic models, function models, and measurement models. The evaluator determines whether management's expectations are plausible, whether its evidence is reliable, and whether the program is feasible to develop. Perhaps the most common problem affecting federal programs is unrealistic expectations, most likely resulting from a management decision which is invalid, implausible, or unacceptable to policymakers. A task for the evaluator is to construct alternatives wherever possible. The final step is to implement evaluability assessment findings. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Project Share.