ERIC Number: ED357156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Fine Tuning the Mechanics of Success for Families. An Illinois Family Literacy Report. Report 3: Evaluation and Program Development.
Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, Rantoul.
As a follow-up to phase 1 in reports 1-2, this report presents the second and third phases of a project which examined changes in seven Illinois family literacy programs, assisted the sites in implementing evaluation systems, and tested the usefulness of an evaluation framework. In phase 2, structured and conversational interviews and site observations yielded the following findings: (1) all of the programs grew and changed profoundly, often adding components and changing focus toward the goal of integrating adult and child learning goals; (2) emphasis on door-to-door recruitment and participatory education increased; and (3) many felt the need for more information on activities that engage adults and children in reciprocal learning, the weakest component. Recommendations were made to continue to investigate the best practices in family literacy, to provide technical assistance and staff development to establish professional standards for family literacy staff, and to provide additional funding for creative, well-established programs. In phase 3, six of the seven sites devised internal evaluation mechanisms based on the framework devised in phase 1. Synthesis of these evaluation findings revealed the following: (1) evaluation is more meaningful when integrated with program development; (2) criteria for student evaluation should be incremental; (3) technical assistance helps programs focus evaluations and set reasonable goals; (4) alternative assessments may more accurately document learner progress; and (5) portfolio assessment should receive greater attention. The project concluded that, without stable funding and staff, programs should focus on evaluation strategies that are useful to program development and assist students in achieving their goals. (A bibliography lists 55 references. Eight appendixes provide the site visit questionnaire and evaluation reports for seven projects.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Case Studies, Evaluation Methods, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation
Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, 200 South Fredrick, Rantoul, IL 61866 ($25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Chicago Tribune Charities, IL.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, Rantoul.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois