ERIC Number: ED348733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Dropout Prevention Demonstration Projects: Factors That Affect Implementation and Effectiveness.
Hayward, Becky Jon
Comprehensive evaluations of two dropout prevention/reentry demonstration programs, sponsored by the Department of Education, one funded under the School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program (SDDAP) and one funded under the Cooperative Demonstration Program (CDP), are provided in this paper. Both programs were designed to demonstrate effective strategies to encourage at-risk students to complete school or to reenter a high school equivalency program. Evaluation goals were to identify the extent of implementation success and implementation factors for success. The first part of the paper offers a brief descriptive profile of 25 programs, 15 SDDAP and 10 CDP. The evaluation design, which obtained data through document analysis, interviews, observation, and focus groups is described next. Findings indicate that program implementation can be enhanced by the following strategies: expanding existing programs rather than initiating new ones; correlating appropriate resource allocation with the particular implementation model; considering the local environment; and including a planning period in the implementation timeline. Two figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).