ERIC Number: ED415326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Challenges and Realities: Evaluating a School-Based Service Project.
Keir, Scott S.; Millea, Susan
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health created the School of the Future (SoF) project to enable selected Texas schools to coordinate and implement school-based social and health services on their campuses and to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method of service delivery by evaluating the project to show the process used and the outcomes that resulted from these efforts. This booklet was developed to accompany another document, "Beyond the Classroom," which focuses exclusively on the qualitative, or process, evaluation of the SoF project. This booklet describes the decision-making processes involved and many of the lessons learned by project staff while evaluating the project. The first section, "The School of the Future Evaluation Process," is a rather detailed description of the SoF project and its evaluation strategies. The second section, "Challenges Encountered and Lessons Learned," describes the lessons learned from the SoF evaluation. Whenever possible an example has been included to give the lessons some context. This document does not contain any discussion of the results of the evaluations. It is intended to aid those who are developing school-based services projects who want guidance in developing a methodologically sound evaluation. Lessons learned stress the importance of defining and agreeing on evaluation goals, learning from unanticipated evaluation findings without diluting the evaluation by collecting information with no bearing on the program evaluation, and disseminating evaluation findings so that they can be used for program improvement. Four appendixes present the SoF concept paper and consent forms for parents, teachers, and students participating in the evaluation. (Contains 2 tables and 27 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Community Involvement, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Evaluation Methods, Information Dissemination, Integrated Services, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Evaluation, Urban Schools
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, c/o Publications Office, The University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998; phone: 512-471-5041; fax: 512-471-9608.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: Texas