ERIC Number: ED366833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Demonstrating Cooperation: Lessons from Federally Funded Projects in Vocational Education. Final Report.
Bateman, Peter; And Others
A 23-month evaluation of the Cooperative Demonstration Program (High Technology) assessed the extent to which grant applications selected for funding presented a clear and coherent design for the projects, project designs were successfully implemented, and project costs were reasonable in relation to projected or actual outcomes. Findings were based on data collected through a review of program records for 53 projects funded in FY 1988 and FY 1989, mail or telephone surveys of key project staff of 39 funded projects, and site visits to 27 funded projects. Of the 53 funded applications analyzed, only 12 presented a clear and coherent project design, and an additional 26 were moderately clear and coherent in their design. Overall, projects focused on providing relatively short-term training. Projects had a high tech focus. The 18-month time frame presented problems in completing project activities. Most projects did not conduct the kinds of evaluations that would allow possible replicators to determine whether the project was successful. The fact that the per-unit and per-outcome costs for 19 projects tended to cluster in the same area suggested that project costs were reasonably relative to one another. Ten lessons were suggested regarding project design, implementation, and costs. (Appendixes list nine references and describe the legislation establishing the program, the projects evaluated, and the results of the mail survey. (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Demonstration Programs, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Federal Aid, Grants, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Proposals, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: COSMOS Corp., Washington, DC.