ERIC Number: ED318515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Program Development and Evaluation: A Modeling Process.
Green, Donald W.; Corgiat, RayLene
A model of program development and evaluation was developed at Genesee Community College, utilizing a system theory/process of deductive and inductive reasoning to ensure coherence and continuity within the program. The model links activities to specific measurable outcomes. Evaluation checks and feedback are built in at various levels so that program changes can be made without redesigning the whole program. The model consists of the following six steps: (1) define the purpose of the course or program; (2) identify three to six general activities which will achieve the defined purpose; (3) break down each activity to three to six more specific activities, making sure that the outcomes remain consistent; (4) continue to breakdown the activities to new levels of specificity until all activities are clearly defined and understood; (5) identify all input and output at each level of activity; (6) determine relationships among the activities; and (7) identify constraints, such as attitudes, policies, and funding, which influence outcomes. The completed model should be checked to ensure that activities and outcomes are properly matched at each level and that all outcomes are clearly defined in measurable, behavioral terms. Graphic depictions of these steps are appended. (WJT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Genesee Community Coll., Batavia, NY.