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NCJ Number: 50481 Find in a Library
Title: CHAMPAGNE'S ASSESSMENT OF LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAMS - AN EVALUATION OF AN EVALUATION (FROM READINGS IN EVALUATION RESEARCH, 2ND ED., 1977, BY FRANCIS G CARO - SEE NCJ-50468)
Author(s): R A BERK
Corporate Author: Russell Sage Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Russell Sage Foundation
New York, NY 10065
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EVALUATION OF THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY'S LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAMS FUNCTIONING DURING 1970 AND 1971 IS EXAMINED ACCORDING TO CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION METHODOLOGIES.
Abstract: THE EVALUATION UNDER EXAMINATION CONSISTED OF ONSITE VISITS BY TEAMS OF FOUR TRAINED EVALUATORS WHO REMAINED AT EACH SITE FOR ABOUT 5 DAYS TO EXAMINE PROJECT RECORDS AND INTERVIEW PROGRAM PERSONNEL, COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS. FROM THESE SOURCES, EVALUATORS CONSTRUCTED BROAD ORDINAL JUDGMENTS OF EACH LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM, AND THESE EFFECTIVENESS RATINGS WERE USED AS MEASURES OF PROGRAM PERFORMANCE. THE EVALUATION REPORT IS AN EXAMINATION OF THESE RATINGS AND SIMILAR GENERAL ASSESSMENTS BY PEOPLE INTERVIEWED AT EACH SITE. THE FINDINGS OF THIS REPORT ARE SUMMARIZED. IT IS GENERALLY CONCLUDED THAT THE EVALUATION IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN OPINION POLL ABOUT THE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAMS, ALBEIT, BY AN ELITE GROUP OF PERSONS WITH EXPERTISE IN VARIOUS FIELDS SOMEWHAT RELATED TO THE PROGRAM EVALUATED. THE EVALUATION IS DISCUSSED IN DETAIL IN THE LIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION METHODOLOGIES: CONCLUSION VALIDITY; INTERNAL VALIDITY; CONSTRUCT VALIDITY; EXTERNAL VALIDITY; FLEXIBILITY OF DESIGN; THE NATURE OF EVALUATION DATA; AND MORAL CONSIDERATIONS. EACH OF THESE CRITERIA IS DISCUSSED IN TERMS OF ITS GENERAL USE IN EVALUATION IN ADDITION TO ITS APPLICATION TO THE PARTICULAR EVALUATION BEING EXAMINED. MEASURED BY THESE EVALUATION CRITERIA, THE EVALUATION DID SHOW THAT A PROGRAM EXISTED WHICH WAS ROUGHLY CONSISTENT WITH COMMONSENSE NOTIONS OF LEGAL ASSISTANCE, BUT ITS VALUE CANNOT BE JUDGED WITH ANY ACCEPTABLE DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE FROM THE DATA SUPPLIED IN THE EVALUATION REPORT. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Evaluation of evaluation; Legal aid services; Office of Economic Opportunity; Program evaluation
Note: REPRINTED FROM URBAN AFFAIRS QUARTERLY, V 9, N 4 (JUNE 1974) P 490-509
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