ERIC Number: ED211585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Use Project. Final Report of the User Interview Survey.
Alkin, Marvin C.; And Others
The User Interview Survey was conducted by the Evaluation Use Project (EUP). The goals of the survey, which were achieved, were gathering, categorizing, and analyzing information about evaluation use among elementary school decision makers. Most survey respondents agreed instructional and curricular issues were most important. It was found that most school decision makers did not frequently rely upon evaluations when they made decisions. Needs assessment evaluations were most helpful to school staff in identifying areas requiring attention. Evaluative data were used more frequently in curricular decisions and in those involving the bilingual program. The data did not usually enter into administrative, staff development, or personnel decisions. The level of evaluation utilization increased in those decisions in which administrators participated. Refinements in the observations and data collection procedures directed toward underlying causes were suggested. The implications for future research on evaluation utilization and evaluation practice in the schools were discussed. The analyses conducted as part of this research have the potential to increase evaluation utilization at the local level. (DWH)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.