ERIC Number: ED443973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Setting the Compass: A Program Development and Evaluation Tool for Volunteer Literacy Programs in Alberta.
Skage, Sharon; Schaetti, Marnie
This guide, which is intended for volunteer literacy programs in Alberta, Canada, details a four-step process for evaluating volunteer literacy programs and using evaluation results for program development. The guide begins with an introduction, underlying principles and assumptions, and a glossary. Sections 1-4 detail the steps of the process, which are as follows: (1) getting ready for evaluation (planning and evaluation as part of the program cycle, forming an evaluation team); (2) focusing the evaluation (determining the evaluation's purposes, selecting standards, developing a work plan); (3) collecting information (reviewing current methods and relevant documents, completing observations, preparing and distributing data collection tools); and (4) interpreting and using research findings (compiling and summarizing the information, determining whether the program is achieving its standards). Appendixes, constituting approximately two-thirds of the document, contain the following items: 10 tables for use in applying the standards and evaluating program results; sample items for surveys, interviews, and focus groups; a case study based on the combined experiences of the seven literacy programs that pilot-tested the proposed evaluation method; background information on the Alberta Literacy Project Standards; good practice statements and standards; and a bibliography listing 45 references and suggestions for further reading. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Case Studies, Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Improvement, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Glossaries, Interviews, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Guides, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Records (Forms), Surveys, Tables (Data), Volunteers
Association of Literacy Coordinators of Alberta, 332 6th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 4S6, Tel: 403-297-4995, Fax: 403-297-4849.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Association of Literacy Coordinators of Alberta, Calgary.
Identifiers - Location: Canada