ERIC Number: ED318398
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 IV: A Study of the Development of Scales Measuring Dissemination Capacity.
Baker, Robert F.; 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. The introduction to this substudy explains that data collected for the final evaluation were subjected to a scaling analysis to: (1) confirm that indicants grouped together on the basis of their content were, in fact, measuring the same thing; (2) eliminate indicants not related to the other indicants in the facet; (3) parsimoniously summarize a large body of data; and (4) serve as a measuring device, by assigning facet scores to each scale for use in characterizing state capacity. The four main sections of this report discuss the five-component conceptual framework used to specify and organize the variables which define the process of building state dissemination capacity; the scaling procedures and the application of Rasch scaling analysis; the degree to which the scales provide a developmental perspective to the capacity building process; and interpretation and utilization of the resultant information for program improvement. Data are presented in 13 tables and 14 figures. (NRP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NTS Research Corp., Durham, NC.