ERIC Number: ED366836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-30
Education, Retraining and Workplaces. Final Report.
Williams, Kristen M.; Felker, Daniel B.
A project was undertaken to develop a guide to help small business programs select good education and training programs for their staff. An initial step was a review of literature related to adult education and training in small business and training evaluation. The initial plan was to have the guidebook be specific to a given industry or other appropriate group. Four different criteria and three different ways of choosing a critical category of program were considered. However, the advisory committee decided upon a broader guidebook that would: help small businesses select a training program from outside vendors; not be specific to a particular type of training program; and not be limited to certain types of providers. Training and education programs offered by large national companies, small local vendors, community colleges, and training consortia were analyzed, and focus groups were conducted with small business personnel with respect to their current training practices. The guidebook that was developed consisted of three sections: training needs analysis; guidelines for selection; and evaluation. Reaction from a field test showed that some liked it very much and felt it would be very useful, whereas others felt it was too simplistic. The guidebook was determined to be useful for the small business person who was not a training professional at a firm that was actually seeking training for its staff. Dissemination options were investigated. (A program evaluation checklist is appended. Contains 52 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Note: For the published guidebook, see CE 065 772.