ERIC Number: ED363743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Partnership in Practice: Evaluating Quality in Workplace Education with Planning and Evaluation Teams. Executive Summary of the Report of the Cycle 5 Evaluation of the Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative.
Evaluation Research, Newton Highlands, MA.
An evaluation of the fifth cycle of operation of the Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative had several purposes: (1) to identify the indicators of quality in workplace education; (2) to begin to design an evaluation system for each program; and (3) to assess the indicators of quality for workplace education programs against the national indicators of quality in adult education. Five programs in the state were included in the evaluation, which consisted of onsite, team-based evaluations of indicators of quality. Phases of the evaluation process were as follows: introduction, team meetings, follow-ups to meetings, drafting of an evaluation instrument, review of the evaluation process, and synthesis of results across the programs. Among the quality outcomes desired were improved productivity, improved product quality, a flexible work force, improved communication in English, improved employee involvement, and career growth. Methods of achieving quality outcomes were identified: recruiting participants, fostering self-esteem, interweaving program and organization goals, and identifying barriers to and incentives for employee participation. It was concluded that indicators of quality for workplace education programs should be reviewed with critical attention to the organizational context of these programs and that evaluation should be an ongoing, integrated function. Recommendations were made to implement the results of the study throughout the programs. (Contains 15 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.; Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation Research, Newton Highlands, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts