ERIC Number: ED411608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Local Evaluation of Programs Funded under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Final Report.
Tashjian, Michael D.; Elliott, Barbara
In September 1993 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a handbook to assist school- and community-based practitioners in designing and conducting evaluations of drug- and violence-prevention programs funded under the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA). A study was undertaken to assess the level of customer satisfaction with the handbook, and to explore the broader context in which local evaluations of alcohol-and-other-drug use and violence-prevention programs occur. Data were obtained through telephone interviews with DFSCA officials from a nationally representative sample of 550 school districts. The survey elicited 506 responses, a 95 percent response rate. The weighted data represent the nearly 14,000 local educational agencies (LEAs) throughout the United States. In sum, most local program coordinators who were responsible for evaluation of DFSCA programs acknowledged the importance of evaluation to effective operations. However, when faced with limited time and funds, many coordinators reported that they would rather allocate their resources to student services than to formal program evaluation. In general, program coordinators perceived guidance and direction from state education agencies, other technical-assistance providers, and written materials to be helpful. However, state and federal expectations for local evaluation need to be more clearly and consistently defined. It is recommended that ED work to establish uniform data-collection requirements for local education agencies that are clearly articulated, easy to understand, and implemented through a targeted technical-assistance initiative. Eight tables are included. The appendix contains tabulated survey responses. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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