ERIC Number: ED353684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting Education Policymakers' Information Needs: The Role of the National Organizations.
Fuhrman, Susan; McDonnell, Lorraine M.
The process by which five national organizations making up the State Education Policy Consortium meet their members' information needs is examined in this paper. The study sought to improve information services to state policymakers and to strengthen national organizations' dissemination capacity. During May through June 1984, interviews were conducted within the following organizations: the Council of Chief State School Officers; the Education Commission of the States; the National Association of State Boards of Education; the National Conference of State Legislatures; and the National Governors' Association. Data were also collected through document analysis, observation, and informal discussions with association staff and their policy constituents. Findings indicate that the needs identification and dissemination activities of the five national associations are generally effective. However, underlying dilemmas about the role of outside funding, the organizations's commitment to original policy analysis, and their national leadership function are reflected in decisions about information services and in constraints on the effectiveness of these services. Conclusions are that the organizations should consider developing more systematic and varied approaches to needs assessment, matching activities more directly to members' core needs, pursuing opportunities for a greater division of labor among the five organizations, and strengthening efforts to match staff expertise with organizational objectives. The appendix offers descriptions of the five national organizations and their support activities. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: A product of the State Education Policy Consortium project.