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ERIC Number: ED343671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 79
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Implementation of a Program of Evaluation To Support Improvement of Organizational Components in a Child Care Center.
Cross, Alice Frazeur
This practicum's goal was to improve the organizational components of a university child care center through the development and implementation of a comprehensive program of evaluation. Several evaluation models were considered. The Context-Input-Process-Product Model was selected for its flexibility in providing formative and summative results, its usefulness for decision making and problem solving, and its ability to incorporate currently used evaluation methods. A number of evaluation tools, such as parent evaluation of services and student evaluation of field experience, were adopted. Evaluation results were used to develop program goals. Results were also used by staff members to develop objectives for personal development. Results of the practicum were mixed. A comprehensive program of evaluation was implemented and organizational components were improved, but personnel perceptions of the organization's health demonstrated a downward trend. A number of reasons for the mixed results were offered, including the extra effort required of personnel to make changes and the fiscal status of the center. It was asserted that a comprehensive program of evaluation would take at least 2 years to become fully routinized in the program. (Appendixes comprising half the document include: Organizational Health Checklist, Calendar of Activities; Introductory Material for the CIPP Model; Samples of Evaluation Tools; and Organizational Health Checklist Prepracticum and Postpracticum Results.) (Contains 28 references.) (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A