ERIC Number: ED345137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
The Evaluation Handbook: Guidelines for Evaluating Dropout Prevention Programs.
Smink, Jay; Stank, Peg
This manual, developed in an effort to take the mysticism out of program evaluation, discusses six phases of the program evaluation process. The introduction discusses reasons for evaluation, process and outcome evaluation, the purpose of the handbook, the evaluation process, and the Sequoia United School District Dropout Prevention Program. Phase One provides a checklist for identifying the elements to be evaluated. An example is provided which illustrates the use of the checklist. Phase Two summarizes the steps used in producing evaluation questions for a program. A checklist is included which can be used as a guide. Phase Three provides a description of evaluation designs and data analysis procedures which could be used with these designs. Phase Four includes three categories to illustrate the instruments used for data collection. The steps to follow in selecting or constructing data collection instruments are summarized in a checklist. Phase Five discusses efficient collection, analysis, and interpretation of evaluation data. A checklist is included. Phase Six discusses the distribution, publication, and presentation of the evaluation report. Sections that should be included in an evaluation report are described, and a checklist is included to use as a guide in preparing evaluation reports. Illustrative examples and sample surveys are included. Throughout the manual, the Sequoia United School District Dropout Prevention Program is used as an example, and evaluation plans for interactive counseling services are included. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.