ERIC Number: ED257882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Cost Analysis at the Local Level: Applications and Attitudes. Paper and Report Series No. 103.
Smith, Jana Kay
This study reports the results of a survey sent to 67 metropolitan school district evaluators. The survey assessed past and anticipated conduct of cost analysis methods, as well as attitudes toward the use of these methods. The instrument used contained many items taken from a survey instrument used in a previous study of cost analysis methods at state education agencies. Results indicated that the number of school district evaluation units required to conduct some type of cost analysis study is expected to increase over 50 percent in the next five years, as well as an anticipated increase in all five types of cost studies (cost description, cost feasibility, cost utility analysis, cost benefit analysis, and cost effectiveness analysis). The major impediments to using these methods were: (1) results are not complete; (2) they do not help improve program operations; (3) outcome data are usually not available; and (4) institutional requests for cost studies are insufficient. A separate attitudinal scale for cost-effectiveness methodology also revealed methodological impediments. However, the data suggest that as the number of cost analysis studies increases, the evaluators' attitudes toward these methods may become more positive. Appendices contain samples of survey letters and the survey instrument itself. (DWH)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.