ERIC Number: ED448081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Intergenerational Program Evaluation for the 1990s and Beyond.
Ward, Christopher R.
Evaluation is an important component of intergenerational programs. This paper argues that the approach to evaluation for the 1990s and beyond should be two-fold: first, intergenerational programs of all types must emphasize the thoughtful, comprehensive planning of evaluation; second, the intergenerational field needs to strengthen evaluation in three specific areas. These are: (1) small, community-based programs need to design evaluations that describe who they are and what they do; (2) larger regional or national intergenerational programs developed to demonstrate solutions to social problems must focus on evaluating their impact based on clearly defined objectives related to these problems; and (3) the intergenerational field must strengthen its overall evaluation capacity by increasing evaluation skills of intergenerational professionals through the articulation of competencies and the provision of appropriate training. This two-fold approach builds from the rationale and basic components of evaluation of intergenerational programs suggested in the 1980s. The paper notes several factors shaping the context of intergenerational programs evaluation; discusses evaluation planning; and proposes directions for community-based programs, larger programs which address social problems, and professional competencies for program evaluators. (BT)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Futures (of Society), Intergenerational Programs, Older Adults, Planning, Program Evaluation, Service Learning, Youth
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Center for Social and Urban Research.