ERIC Number: ED259667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Using a Program Level Planning Model as a Tool for Evaluating Educational Change.
Nelson, David; Heeney, William
Program Level Planning, a model based upon decentralized decision making, is proposed as a method to move the planning process to the university's operational level. After describing the characteristics and steps of Program Level Planning, the problems in shifting the decision making to the local level are considered, along with the application of such planning to a comprehensive management system. In addition to identifying 13 planning principles, the need for school/college/department program evaluation is discussed, and the literature on accepted program evaluation procedures is reviewed. Based on analysis of the concepts and frameworks found in the literature, the following stages of program planning and evaluation are recommended: deciding to plan or evaluate a program; defining the context of the issue; explaining the initial course of action; designing alternative causal impact models; matching alternative research designs with each causal impact model; expressing goals in measurable terms; collecting data based on the issues, policy, impact model, and research design; and analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data within the context of the issue. Since the framework is not necessarily a stepwise procedure, interface is possible between program planning and evaluation. An application of the model is illustrated. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (February, 1985).