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ERIC Number: ED258348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Provisional Analysis as a Means to Improve the Use of Program Evaluation Data: An Investigation of Its Effectiveness Using an In-basket Simulation.
Craig, James R.; And Others
This investigation employed an in-basket simulation to assess the effect of provisional analysis on the use of evaluation data by program administrators in making program decisions. Sixty-five volunteers from graduate education courses and 52 volunteers from undergraduate educational psychology classes at Western Kentucky University were randomly assigned to two groups, only one of which experienced provisional analysis. Both groups then took part in an in-basket simulation where each person assumed the role of a newly appointed high school principal, receiving a letter from his or her superintendent that directed him or her to dismiss four of seven teachers due to declining enrollment. Analysis of the participants' decisions reflected no differences between those who had experienced provisional analysis and those who had not. The implication is that provisional analysis, as administered, does not affect the use of evaluation data in programmatic decision making by program administrators. Suggestions for future research are discussed. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A