ERIC Number: ED415383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Development Evaluation in Texas: An Assessment. Revised.
King, Christopher T.; McPherson, Robert E.; Norris, Dave N.; Betsinger, Alicia
This paper offers an initial assessment of Texas' work force development evaluation and performance management efforts. Following an overview, section 2 clarifies distinctions between performance management and evaluation responsibilities such as purpose, definition, information produced, general question asked, and key questions addressed. Section 3 addresses differences between program- and systems-oriented evaluations. Section 4 identifies key agencies and programs and their roles and responsibilities in Texas work force development, including those for performance management and evaluation. Section 5 briefly describes major current and planned evaluation activities for the major Texas work force development system actors. Section 6 describes related performance review activities of other state agencies. Section 7 synthesizes these assessment findings: Texas features a relatively fragmented array of program-by-program performance management mechanisms; work force-related evaluations have been ad hoc; Texas is moving toward a systems evaluation orientation; although employers have been identified as the primary customer for work force services, they are not referred to in initiatives; and data collection and reporting systems are inadequate. It identifies gaps and issues in the current and planned efforts that constitute a mix of technical adjustments and corrections; data collection and reporting problems; and methodological difficulties. Section 8 contains 55 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Education, Cost Effectiveness, Employment Services, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Systems, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Systems Approach, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Location: Texas