ERIC Number: ED257883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Cost Analysis in Educational Evaluation. Paper and Report Series No. 100.
Smith, Nick L.; Smith, Jana Kay
This report provides evidence on the amount and types of cost analysis activities currently done in educational evaluation. The results of three studies undertaken to document the actual use of cost methods are discussed. The first study is a review of cost studies conducted in health evaluation. The second study examines all cost studies conducted by an educational research and development firm over a 5-year period (1977-1982). The final study is a national survey of all evaluation units in state departments of education. The results of these studies indicate that although some cost work is being done, it is simpler and more descriptive than the sophisticated, comparative approaches advocated in the literature. The results of the studies are reviewed in terms of knowledge transfer theory to explain why some of the impediments to the use of cost procedures may be arising and to suggest methods to overcome these impediments. Appendices contain materials from the national survey of state education agency evaluation units, including the survey instrument used. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.