ERIC Number: ED433376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the NCES State Library Agencies Survey: An Examination of Duplication and Definitions in the Fiscal Section of the State Library Agencies Survey. Technical Report.
Aneckstein, Laura Riley
An evaluation was conducted to study the fiscal section of the State Library Agencies Survey of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), examining Parts K, L, and M. The evaluation was designed to check for duplication of data collection between the survey and the compliance materials of the Office of Library Programs (OLP), a former agency of the U.S. Department of Education, and to analyze selected definitions used in the survey. No duplication was found between the NCES survey and the OLP for the fiscal year 1995, and duplication was not likely for fiscal years 1994 and 1996. Some recommendations are made to improve data collection in the future. The study of definitions suggests that that lack of a precise definition of "income" in Part K and expenditures in Parts L and M may have contributed to some confusion in reporting. Some statewide library agencies appeared to misclassify their expenditures data. Recommendations are made for improving data classification. Part III of this report discusses the evaluation methodology. Two appendixes contain information and excerpts from the NCES and OLP surveys. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Definitions, Evaluation Methods, Expenditures, Income, Library Funding, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, National Surveys, State Agencies
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.