ERIC Number: ED346251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Strategies for Linking Planning and Evaluation in Vocational and Technical Education.
Elson, Donald E.; And Others
A project investigated strategies that facilitated linkages between planning and evaluation as well as articulation across secondary and postsecondary levels in vocational education. The methodology included a literature review, two surveys of states regarding the linking of planning and evaluation, and analyses and examples from three case studies conducted in a western, a midwestern, and an eastern state. Survey data revealed five structures accounting for the majority of state administrations: (1) separate secondary and postsecondary boards linked primarily by funding; (2) combined administration under one vocational division; (3) separate vocational, secondary, and higher education divisions; (4) separate secondary and postsecondary boards with formal planning procedures and committees; and (5) separate state board for vocational education programs. Although no one structure appeared best to accommodate planning and evaluation linkages, the fourth represented an effort to make planning and evaluation a more coordinated process. The following strategies had the potential to aid the linking of planning and evaluation: major event (change initiative); policy focus or mission statement; leadership; administrative commitment; interagency cooperation; regionalization; planning/evaluation and data systems; and comprehensive approach to vocational education. (Appendixes include a list of 10 references, a brief report on state surveys and case studies of research methodologies, and a strategies checklist.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Surveys, Technical Education, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-235: $1).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: For related documents, see ED 336 513 and ED 336 566.