ERIC Number: ED366149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Evaluation Guidelines as a Means of Renewal and Revitalisation of Services by Voluntary Associations. Report of an International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap (ILSMH) Seminar (London, England, United Kingdom, April 1986).
International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicaps, Brussels (Belgium).
These guidelines for service evaluation arose out of a 1986 meeting of the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap. An introduction focuses on the concepts of support and service and the need for minimizing restrictiveness and empowering the individual. Seven principles are enumerated, specifying the rights of people with mental retardation to the same rights as other people, to proper medical care and training, to economic security, to life within the family and community, to protection from exploitation or abuse, and to due process. Quality standards are then identified, stressing the need for individualized services, personal autonomy, and social opportunities. The need for standards to address living conditions, education and learning environments, work, employment and day activities, recreation, participation, and self-realization is stressed. Evaluation methods are then considered, with emphasis on the use of both internal and external evaluators, consumer involvement, and comparability of data. The guidelines also note that the individual life is affected by systems and communities, by services, and by the individual him/herself. Seven implementation steps are outlined, such as identifying issues, setting goals, collecting information systematically, and using the information to influence leaders and authorities. Sample pages from two evaluation checklists are appended. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Civil Liberties, Due Process, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Mental Disorders, Mental Retardation, Organizations (Groups), Personal Autonomy, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Quality of Life, Standards
International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap, 248 Avenue Louise, Box 17, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicaps, Brussels (Belgium).