ERIC Number: ED228276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation and Documentation: Making Them Work Together.
Program documentation is an important role for evaluation in both formative and summative modes. It should describe processes, materials, participants and social interactions which produce certain outcomes. Program evaluation should judge the effect of the program and depict effective practices, products and outcomes. To demonstrate program implementation and achievement, thorough documentation is required. Documentation methods should suit the needs of the individual program. These needs are likely to be influenced by audience; credibility; planning needs; decision makers at local, state, or other levels; time factors; and the nature of the program. At a minimum, documentation should provide information on program frame factors such as participants, resources and facilities, and program events and activities, including materials used and procedures. The principal approaches, used singly or in combination, gather information directly from participants by written descriptions, interviews, or questionnaires; program records; and direct observation of the program setting. Three points of view toward documentation validity are (1) consistency with the program plan; (2) plan-free documentation; and (3) theory-based documentation. These three points of view are illustrated with suggestions for practice and setting up the documentation system. (CM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.