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ERIC Number: ED404591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 6
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Evaluating Social Skills Programs in Schools.
MacMullin, Colin
When researchers evaluate social skills programs, they essentially are measuring progress towards a goal. How they measure this progress hinges on the precision of the goal statements, the identification of valid and realistic process and outcome indicators, and the selection of appropriate data and methods for collection. This paper outlines the necessary steps for evaluating social skills programs. It is argued that evaluating such programs involves the same processes used in any evaluation exercise. The paper opens with a discussion of how to establish aims and goals, including a seven-step process for setting goals. Process and outcome indicators are outlined next, along with a series of questions and specific indicators for social goals. The paper then discusses some of the data needed to measure progress and the instruments and procedures that can be used for measurement, such as interviews, questionnaires, sociometric techniques, and commercial tests. A discussion on commercial and other off-the-shelf instruments is also presented. It is emphasized that measuring progress requires careful planning but such efforts will be rewarded with increased confidence in evaluation conclusions. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia