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NCJ Number: 50428 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SERVING THE FEDERAL EVALUATION MARKET - STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES FOR MANAGERS AND EVALUATORS
Author(s): R E SCHMIDT; P HORST; J W SCANLON; J S WHOLEY
Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 100
Sponsoring Agency: The Urban Institute
Washington, DC 20037
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20852
Contract Number: N01-MH-2-0022(OP)
Publication Number: UI 962-24
Sale Source: The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESOURCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO SERVE POLICYMAKERS, PROGRAM MANAGERS, AND INDIVIDUAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE EXAMINED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A FEDERAL EVALUATION OFFICE MANAGER.
Abstract: USING A BUSINESS ANALOGY, AN APPROACH IS DESCRIBED FOR ORGANIZING EVALUATION OFFICES AND MEASURING THEIR SUCCESS IN TERMS OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS SERVED. THE APPROACH IS BASED ON OVER 4 YEARS OF WORK WITH VARIOUS EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE (DHEW): NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM, NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MENTAL HEALTH. ABOVE THESE INSTITUTES ARE THREE LEVELS OF GUIDANCE AND REVIEW IN EVALUATION: (1) THE ALCOHOL, DRUG ABUSE, AND MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATION'S OFFICE FOR PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION; (2) THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH; AND (3) THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION. PROBLEMS IN EVALUATION ARE TWO-DIMENSIONAL: EVALUATION OFFICES HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL AND THERE IS NO AGREEMENT ON WHAT CONSTITUTES SUCCESS (NO OPERATIONAL FEDERAL EVALUATION POLICY). APPROACHES TO EVALUATION MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL THAT HAVE FAILED ARE NOTED. TO REMEDY FAILURES IN EVALUATION, THE BUSINESS ANALOGY APPROACH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS: SUCCESS CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION OFFICES, SUGGESTED MARKET DEMAND STUDIES, AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO DEVELOP A FEDERAL EVALUATION POLICY. IN THE APPROACH, NO ARBITRARY MODELS OF THE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS ARE DEFINED. THE THREE FEDERAL MARKETS FOR EVALUATION INFORMATION (CONSUMERS OR INDIVIDUAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PROGRAM MANAGERS, AND POLICYMAKERS) ARE DETAILED, AND THE USE OF THE BUSINESS OR MARKET APPROACH TO GUIDE EVALUATION OFFICE PLANNING AND TO ESTABLISH A FEDERAL EVALUATION POLICY IS DISCUSSED. APPENDIXES PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION ON EVALUABILITY, RAPID FEEDBACK EVALUATION, AND THE MEANING OF EVALUATION AS EMPLOYED BY A DHEW TASK FORCE ON HEALTH EVALUATION. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Federal government; Management; Program evaluation
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