ERIC Number: ED251517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reflections on Evaluation Costs: Direct and Indirect. Evaluation Productivity Project.
Alkin, Marvin; Ruskus, Joan A.
This paper summarizes views on the costs of evaluation developed as part of CSE's Evaluation Productivity Project. In particular, it focuses on ideas about the kinds of costs associated with factors known to effect evaluation utilization. The first section deals with general issues involved in identifying and valuing cost components, particularly indirect costs considered either as shared costs of projects within an organization, as opportunity costs, or as side effects. The appropriate costs of evaluation are then discussed, and costs are considered in relation to benefits. The definitions and valuing of benefits are discussed. The final section of the paper spells out the cost implications of high-utilization factors. These factors include the political sensitivity of the evaluator, the evaluator's credibility, the involvement of the potential user, project characteristics, the evaluation design and methodology, and the evaluation reporting. (BW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.