ERIC Number: ED211571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Putting Program Evaluation in Perspective for State and Local Government. Human Services Monograph Series, Number 18.
Kimmel, Wayne A.
This paper attempts to put program evaluation into a broad but realistic perspective for managers and program practitioners in public agency human services programs at the state and local levels. It attempts to characterize the meaning and intent of program evaluation; to compare it with similar or allied approaches to improving decision making and management through the use of formal tools; to present some of the evidence on what difference evaluation seems to make in practice; and to discuss some of the basic issues raised by attempts to apply formal methods of evaluation. In conclusion, suggestions are offered to help the public agency practitioner decide whether or not to conduct formal program evaluation in a specific instance and what issues appear useful to consider. (Author/GK)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Evaluation Methods, Human Services, Local Government, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, State Government
Project SHARE, P.O. Box 2309, Rockville, MD 20852 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Aspen Systems Corp., Germantown, MD.
Authoring Institution: Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD. Project Share.