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ERIC Number: ED432585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Pages: 10
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Measuring and Documenting Outcomes: Going beyond Tradition in Program Evaluation.
Davila, Norma
The evaluation of systemic educational reforms entails a paradigm shift among evaluators who must change the lens through which they look at the reforms. This paper proposes methodological and design alternatives to measure nontraditional outcomes, such as changes in policy, over the lifespan of the reforms. Systemic reforms include intended and unintended outcomes and the actual outcomes that result. Outcomes of educational reform can also be organized in terms of whether they result from top-down or bottom-up approaches. A research approach to measuring reform outcomes will be more methodologically sound if the variables of interest are measured in multiple ways. By comparing findings using multiple qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies, evaluators can identify trends and lead reformers to midcourse corrections when needed. By defining outcomes and measuring those outcomes, evaluators and reformers will be driving the reforms. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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