ERIC Number: ED360319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-13
Reference Count: N/A
National Center for Education Statistics "Product Planning and Development." Final Report.
User Technology Associates, Inc.
To assist in its mission of providing information in the most timely manner, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) contracted for a study of current modes of information dissemination to its user population that would also identify new and emerging technologies for information dissemination. The project is divided into three phases of information collection activities. Phase 1 entails analyzing current information dissemination. Phase 2 explores new or emerging technologies. Phase 3 includes user requirements analysis. In general, NCES users are satisfied with the quality of NCES information, but want to be more informed about product offerings and want more timely access to NCES information. The end-user interface is the weak link in the Federal Government's program of providing statistical information about education in the United States. Otherwise, the NCES serves its pluralistic constituency well, packaging its information in a variety of formats and product types and delivering them in a variety of ways via current technology. Weaknesses are in the areas of timeliness, delivery targeting, and user awareness. Recommendations are presented mainly in the area of enhanced technology utilization. Seven figures illustrate the report. An appendix contains six illustrative figures. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Data Collection, Delivery Systems, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Needs Assessment, Research Reports, School Statistics, Statistical Data, Technological Advancement, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: User Technology Associates, Inc.