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ERIC Number: ED446503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-24
Pages: 19
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Impact Analyses: Concepts and Methods. AIR 2000 Annual Forum Paper.
Rosenthal, Bill
This paper discusses impact studies, an emerging evaluation and planning strategy evolving from required USDA reporting for extension services and agricultural experiment stations to a framework for evaluation/assessment planning. Impact studies can be useful for evaluating unit and individual performance, resource allocation, and planning. In higher education, impact studies can be used to demonstrate how work done by people on campus is worth continuing and how the work merits support from federal and state governments, funding agencies, students, parents, and the general population. The paper begins by defining impact studies, explaining that they provide a distinction between outcomes (achievements) and impacts. The next section discusses the development of a system of gathering and using impacts, focusing on problems and procedures and highlighting seven principles (e.g., if there is a lot of support for this activity, find something else to do; start with a likely success; become a master scavenger; commit to long-term follow-up; and expect expenses). The paper presents examples of impact evaluation, discusses relationships to other effectiveness and evaluation models, and notes pilot project results. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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