ERIC Number: ED318397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Building Capacity for Improvement of Educational Practice: An Evaluation of NIE's State Dissemination Grants Program. Volume III: A Study of Linker Activities and Roles.
Decad, Jolinda K.; And Others
This report supplements the final evaluation of the State Dissemination Grants Program (SDGP), a major initiative within the mission of the National Institute of Education to assist state educational agencies in implementing, strengthening, and institutionalizing dissemination services that improve educational practice and equity. A substudy was undertaken to evaluate the role of linkers, i.e., field-based change agents utilized by the dissemination system to link clients' needs to information contained in the resource base, and to assist in the utilization of this information in the school improvement effort. Data from questionnaires returned by state project directors and 136 identified linkers were examined to: (1) identify linker activities, roles, and types; (2) compare project directors' and linkers' notions of "real" and "ideal" linker responses; and (3) determine the relationship between linker behavior and project implementation characteristics for particular settings. It was concluded that: (1) three distinct linker roles can be defined but are not adhered to; (2) there is a potential source of conflict between linkers' and directors' desires regarding linker activity; and (3) there is no significant relationship between linker behavior and contextual characteristics. A copy of the linker questionnaire is appended. (13 tables and 10 references) (NRP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NTS Research Corp., Durham, NC.