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ERIC Number: ED437402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-26
Pages: 7
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University of Minnesota Extension Faculty and Staff Members' Attitudes toward and Perceptions about Program Evaluation: An Organizational Concern in Relation to Accountability Demands.
Grantham, Marilyn
Focus groups were conducted to explore the attitudes of University of Minnesota Extension faculty and staff toward program evaluation and their perceptions of their individual responsibility for evaluating programs. A total of 35 faculty and staff members participated in the 5 focus groups. Responses of participants indicate a definite need to rethink the approach to program evaluation at the University of Minnesota. While a number of participants stated that they perceived program evaluation to be an important part of their educator role, there was a general concern that organizational commitment, especially in terms of funding, clarity of purpose, and use of evaluation results, was lacking. As a result, many participants thought that at present there were neither rewards nor consequences related to evaluation other than their own satisfaction in learning how they might improve programs or their success in gaining additional grant funds for program support. The perceptions and attitudes of the faculty based on campus were generally less favorable than those of Extension educators who participating by teleconference. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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