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ERIC Number: ED257880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
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Clarifying Information Needs for Program Evaluation.
McClintock, Charles
Several contextual factors were investigated related to the information needs of educational administrators. In a survey of 119 administrators, the following issues were studied: (1) varying preferences for different information sources; (2) the effects on preferences for information sources of different decision or program development tasks; (3) demands for accountability; and (4) program uncertainties. Major findings were that administrators generally found information from verbal sources (conversations with staff) more useful for program development than information from analytic sources (structured evaluations). Analytic information was most useful for administrators when demands for accountability and program certainty were at high levels. Future research should focus on evaluation methods that link the compensatory strengths of verbal and analytic sources of information. (Author/DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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