ERIC Number: ED410693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of DFSCA State and Local Programs: Summary of the 1991-93 State Biennial Performance Reports. Final Report.
Tashjian, Michael D.; Silvia, E. Suyapa; Thorne, Judy
In 1990, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched a 5-year study of the outcomes of local prevention-education programs funded under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA). Every 2 years ED conducts surveys of the Governors' DFSCA programs and those administered by state education agencies (SEAs) to provide a comprehensive report of program performance. This report presents the findings from the third biennial surveys, covering the performance period from 1991-93. ED provided each state and territory with two reporting forms, one for programs funded through SEAs and another for programs funded through Governors' offices. Findings indicate that the DFSCA has provided an impetus for prevention initiatives in virtually every state and community in the nation. However, the program's future may depend on more systematic and uniform methods for measuring program impacts and outcomes. Before Congress mandates spending a percentage of program funds on the replication of successful programs, states must first strengthen their ability to identify programs worthy of replication. For evaluation to improve on a national level, definitional matters and other data-collection parameters must be addressed, and technical assistance to states and localities should be strengthened. The report supports the efforts of the ED to develop a set of performance indicators for DFSCA programs. A total of 21 exhibits and 7 figures are included. Appendices includes a list of states that submitted 1991-93 performance reports, a copy of the Governors' Program Biennial Performance Report Form, a copy of SEA and LEA report forms, tabulations of responses from governors' programs, and tabulations of responses from SEAs and LEAs. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act 1986