ERIC Number: ED407444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Guide to Program Outcome Measurement for the U.S. Department of Education.
Hatry, Harry P.; Kopczynski, Mary
This volume is intended as a guide to managers of U.S. Department of Education programs and their staffs to help them in their efforts to design reasonably valid, reliable, and useful outcome monitoring procedures. It provides recommendations for development of an outcome measurement process for individual educational programs. These suggestions can be used for a program that has not yet developed an evaluation process or to improve an existing process. After a discussion of preliminary steps, the guide suggests the following steps to developing the outcome measurement system: (1) identify the program's mission and objectives and its customers; (2) identify the outcomes that should be monitored; (3) select outcome indicators; (4) identify data sources and data collection procedures; (5) select outcome indicator breakouts; (6) compare the findings to benchmarks; (7) pilot test the procedures; (8) analyze and report outcome information; and (9) use outcome information. Key issues in these processes are summarized. It must be recognized that unless the measurement system produces information that is useful to the program, the effort will have been wasted. Four appendixes present sample teacher and student surveys and program outcome indicators from the Star Schools program, as well as a discussion of trained observer procedures. (Contains 37 exhibits and 21 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Higher Education, Measurement Techniques, Outcomes of Education, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Evaluation, User Needs (Information)
Planning and Evaluation Service, Publications Office, U.S. Department of Education, Room 4163 FB10B, Washington, DC 20202; fax: 202-401-3036.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.