ERIC Number: ED339094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Surveys from Extant Records.
Public school systems respond to a constant parade of requests from individuals or organizations who want to know details about the schools. The Austin Independent School District Department of Information Management has established formal procedures for analyzing all information requests. All requests for fiscal year July 1990 to June 1991 are described in this report (each request is described as to who made the request, what was requested, name of staff member handling the request, and the action taken). All survey requests are reviewed by an information services committee and sent to the Department of Information Management, where they are recorded and assigned to the appropriate staff member. Out of 147 requests received during the period, 73 received completed mailed responses, 8 were refused, 35 received no response, and 31 received research applications. The advantages of such a detailed analysis of requests are: most requests receive some response; a central file is created which can be used to handle future requests and plan future data collection; and since a committee reviews and determines whether certain requests should be processed or denied, a consistency in judgment is possible thus providing a way to establish a needed priority on politically sensitive requests. A major disadvantage is that someone has to receive the requests, assign them, and follow up on each. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX.