ERIC Number: ED455933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Decision Matrix. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 8.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
This report focuses on a decision-making model developed at the National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL) and designed to help decisionmakers and policy analysts weigh various policy options for a public issue such as childcare quality. The matrix allows users to compare strategies in terms of desirability and feasibility factors such as cost, personnel needs, track record, public acceptance, administrative feasibility, agency acceptance, and other factors. The purpose of using such a tool is to slow and inform the "rush to judgment" which is often associated with policy change. Public policy options related to childcare quality include subsidies to quality programs, parental vouchers, and building infrastructure. Discussion points related to various criteria for choice are delineated. The report notes that final policy decisions would be more complex than merely synthesizing the information in the matrix and might depend upon which criteria are most important to key decisionmakers. The ratings from the matrix are intended to give initial guidance about the potential positive and negative factors surrounding particular options. (KB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Decision Making, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Policy, Models, Policy Analysis, Policy Formation, Public Policy
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB #8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.