ERIC Number: ED439508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Evaluating Whole-School Reform Efforts: A Guide for District and School Staff.
Yap, Kim; Douglas, Inge; Railsback, Jennifer; Shaughnessy, Joan; Speth, Timothy
This guidebook offers suggestions that can help district and school staff choose an approach for evaluating school-reform efforts. It is intended to provide further evaluation assistance to education stakeholders to ensure that schools conduct evaluation of whole-school reform efforts in a way that provides valid and useful information for accountability and program improvement. The book is divided into five sections. The first section summarizes the context of comprehensive school reform, program implementation, program outcome and impact, evaluation design and process, use of data for program improvement, and strategies for strengthening programs through evaluation. The next section discusses implementation evaluation and details preparation for evaluation, how to develop evaluation questions, planning the evaluation, collecting evaluation data, analyzing and interpreting the data, reporting the data, and using data to make program improvements. The handbook also offers instructions to the facilitator and provides tips for preparing transparencies and handouts and for organizing small-group activities. The third section describes impact evaluation, considers four evaluation models, and profiles the evaluation process, such as questions to address, choosing indicators and measures, collecting data, analyzing the data, interpreting the data, using data for program improvement, and monitoring follow-up actions. (Contains an annotated list of 26 references along with a list of on-line publications and resources.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.