ERIC Number: ED284978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Vocational Program Relevance: A Data-based Approach. Research and Development Series No. 264.
This guide is intended for local- and state-level vocational education administrators, planners, and evaluators who are responsible for making program planning and evaluation findings and decisions geared toward increasing program relevance. The method differs from more traditional approaches in its heavy reliance upon the selection and application of quantitative as opposed to qualitative, judgmental, or intuitive data. Individuals using this evaluation method must (1) explicitly specify the relative importance they attribute to planning and evaluation components and to the kinds of data they select for use with the methodology and (2) value data quality. The introductory section of the guide includes an overview of the method, background information on the development of the method, and a description of the guide's intended audience. The second chapter covers design specifications, the procedures entailed in using the method (the information and data selection framework and the scoring and ranking processes used), and the role of the microcomputer in increasing the efficiency of the method's ranking process. The third section, which describes one example of implementation of the method, includes sections dealing with the following: site, ranking process, and grand labor market area context description (context for employment, employers' needs for workers, people's needs for jobs, and capacity to meet needs for training). Appendixes include examples of the following: information categories; performance indicators, measures, and scores; and databases and sources. (MN)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Databases, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Microcomputers, Models, Needs Assessment, Norms, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Statistical Analysis, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, Box F, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. RD264--$10.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.