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ERIC Number: ED186679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Implementation of the Career Education Incentive Act. First Interim Report on the Evaluability Assessment.
Jung, Steven M.; And Others
Survey activities are reported which were designed to provide the foundation for a national evaluation of the effectiveness of programs assisted under the Career Education Incentive Act of 1977 (PL 95-207). The methodology described, called "program evaluability assessment," focuses on detailed analysis of program assumptions in order to clarify objectives of the career education program, identify elements of the functional program model, and identify the basis for the future national evaluation. Three separate efforts are reported: (1) telephone interviews with twenty-six members of stakeholder groups (e.g., educational organizations, business, industry and community groups, and fourteen State Career Education Coordinators); (2) detailed review of each of the fifty-three State Career Education Plans (FY80) received by the Office of Career Education; and (3) site visits to ten states to examine actual funding mechanisms and activities. Findings, which revealed discrepancies between intended and actual program, are discussed in relationship to program accountability and flow of funds, and direct and indirect program interventions. Measurement models (based on the finding that the program is "evaluable") are presented in a table listing the following information for each of forty major activity-outcome linkages: key actor (organization/group), activity, intended outcome, measures, data source, quantifiability, potency, and collection/processing effort. Appendixes contain detailed analyses of state plans, notable examples of state leadership activities, and measurement models for seventy-three elements (for use by managers of state and local programs. (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Evaluation and Dissemination.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.