ERIC Number: ED263180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Overview of Alternative Evaluation Methods. Paper and Report Series, No. 107. Interim Draft.
Smith, Nick L.; St. John, Mark
The Research on Evaluation Program's National Advisory Panel recommended that a means of matching evaluation methods with evaluation purposes be developed and that it include a guide to major Program publications. Practitioners in the field have also requested support on how to approach the evaluation design process to permit the incorporation of alternative evaluation approaches. The present report has been designed to meet these requests. Provided is an introductory overview to the range of evaluation methods currently available, as well as guidelines to assist practitioners in making their own evaluative reviews and selections of appropriate methods. To promote the widest possible distribution of this material, the two sections of this report have been designed as field guides. After final revisions, they will be released as part of the Program's "Evaluation Guides" series. The first section discusses procedure for selecting from among alternative evaluation methods and includes numerous table displays to aid in that process. The second section presents a strategy for designing evaluation studies so that the evaluation methodology most appropriate to the problem at hand may be selected. (PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.