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ERIC Number: ED355707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating the Feasibility of a Personal Attendant Training Program: How Do You Determine Whether a Center of Independent Living Has the Resources and Capabilities To Offer This Type of Program.
Dedman, Jean; And Others
This paper discusses the design of a program by the Nashville (Tennessee) Center for Independent Living (CIL) to train consumers with disabilities in employing, training, supervising, and firing personal attendants. The program, supported by the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities (DD) Planning Council, provided an opportunity for program design and evaluation to begin together. The process began with an evaluability assessment, in which evaluators worked with the CIL project staff and the DD Council in a strategic planning process which helps ensure sound management of the new program, including the development of agreed-upon objectives and achievement measures that would make an independent evaluation of the project meaningful. One of the first accomplishments of the evaluation was that the program staff and the DD Council agreed that the program design should be shifted from training of both consumers and personal attendants to training of consumers and development of a guide to personal attendant services. Issues to be considered in provision of personal attendant services were identified, including personal security, personality, skills, and financing. Evaluators will also work with the CIL project staff and the DD Council to produce a working model of the service and detailed service definitions. The paper concludes that use of evaluability assessment can result in clarity of purpose, design of successful programs, and ability to demonstrate this success to policy makers. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A