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ERIC Number: ED250069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Impact Evaluation of the Resource Access Projects, 1982-1983.
Empson, Judith V.; And Others
Each year, Head Start makes at least 10 percent of its enrollment opportunities available to children with handicapping conditions. Currently, 15 Resource Access Projects (RAPs) form a national network offering a training and technical assistance program identifying resources, providing resource materials to Head Start grantees, facilitating collaboration between Head Start and other agencies, and providing training and technical assistance on mainstreaming. From the beginning, an evaluation component has been built into the training and technical assistance plan. The seventh evaluation of RAP impact on Head Start services to handicapped children, this report presents findings for the 1982-83 program year. Evaluation data were collected through annual on-site interviews with RAP staff, telephone interviews with a random sample of 400 Head Start grantees and all 55 state (or equivalent) educational agencies (SEAs), and a survey of approximately 2,700 participants at RAP training conferences. The overall finding was that satisfaction with RAP increased or remained the same, as reported by Head Starts, SEAs, and trainees. After an introductory chapter, major chapters report more specific findings on RAP budgets, services to grantees, RAP training conferences, facilitation of collaborative agreements, and participation in RAP task forces. Briefer chapters discuss the establishment and updating of a file on resource providers; the management information system; needs assessment; national RAP, Head Start Association, and advisory committee meetings; and the annual survey of handicap services. The concluding chapter offers a summary of findings and recommendations. RAP profiles and state education agencies' impressions of the individual projects in the RAP network are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Littlejohn (Roy) Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.