ERIC Number: ED224231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Input Evaluation of Three Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Strategies.
Suarez, Tanya M.; Cox, James O.
The Technical Assistance Development System--TADS (a project to provide technical assistance to personnel implementing programs for preschool handicapped children and their families) conducted an evaluation of three technical assistance needs assessment strategies during 1979-80. The three strategies were: (1) on-site--conducted by a trained needs assessor at the program's site; (2) telephone--conducted by a trained needs assessor through a series of telephone conversations; and (3) self-administered--conducted by the program's staff using procedures and materials provided by TADS. The 64 programs participating were ramdomly assigned to one of the three strategies. Results indicated that all three strategies adequately identified technical assistance needs and were similar on most variables. Perceptions of the participants occasionally favored on-site over telephone assessments. Comments from participants suggested that while the strategies were comparable for identifying technical assistance needs, there were some qualitative characteristics on which they differed. Appendixes include a report on the statistical analyses described in the text, along with tables; and a report of additional findings in the areas of project staff satisfaction, project staff perceptions of their needs, and targeted impacts of technical assistance. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Technical Assistance Development System.