ERIC Number: ED208185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-12
Design of a National Cost-Benefit Study of Vocational Education at the Secondary, Postsecondary and Adult Levels: Final Report.
Simison, Diane; And Others
A study examined the feasibility of performing a national cost-benefit analysis of secondary, postsecondary, and adult vocational education. The study involved three components: a survey of the state of the art of utilizing cost-benefit methodologies to evaluate the returns on investments in vocational education; an overview of the potential measurement problems in performing a national study and strategies to overcome or minimize these problems; and a Delphi analysis soliciting input from technical experts (including economists, vocational educators, mathematicians, and Department of Education staff) on the desirability and feasibility of various components of a proposed cost-benefit model of vocational education. While data from these three sources suggest that a national cost-benefit study of vocational education is technically feasible, there are numerous limitations in specifying the relationship between vocational education costs and benefits. These limitations involve analytical evaluation techniques that relate costs to benefits, methods for measuring costs and benefits, and characteristics of vocational education. Included in the appendixes are abstracts of relevant items from the literature search; bibliographies; and the Delphi survey package, survey results, and panelist comments. (Related reports on individual components of the project are available separately through ERIC--see note.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Feasibility Studies, Literature Reviews, Models, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Secondary Education, State of the Art Reviews, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rehab Group, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Note: For related documents see CE 030 247-249.