ERIC Number: ED467709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Collected Case Study Evaluations of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Educational Projects.
Bartfai, Nicole; Kleiner, Brian; Nyre, Glenn; Plishker, Laurie; Silverstein, Gary; Snow, Kyle
As part of an evaluation of educational projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) during the 1990s, case studies were conducted at eight sites in four Appalachian states. The sites reflected a range of project types, including school programs, adult literacy, distance education, and dropout prevention. Site visits allowed for a more detailed examination of successful ARC-funded education projects, with an emphasis on achievement of project outcomes, lessons learned, and efforts at sustainability. Several themes emerged across most sites visited. Many grant recipients stressed that even before a project begins, there should be a clear articulation of project goals. The need to cultivate community support for the project was consistently mentioned. Setting aside ample time and resources for designing and planning a project was emphasized. Several sites stressed the importance of specifying the distinct community segments that are to participate in and benefit from project-related activities. Also emphasized was the need for projects to anticipate and make adjustments for the needs and capabilities of their intended beneficiaries. Selecting staff who have an optimal combination of academic, technical, and interpersonal skills, as well as commitment to community service was important. Staff were often most successful when they came from the community. The importance of strong leadership was noted. Integration of services with other agencies often improved services to stakeholders. The best of these projects provided interventions for all family members. Many sites indicated that they would have benefitted from giving more thought to evaluation. (TD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Income Counties, Participative Decision Making, Poverty, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, School Community Relationship
For full text: http://www.arc.gov/images/reports/edeval2/CollectedCaseStudyEvaluationsReport.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.