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NCJ Number: 50522 Find in a Library
Title: METHODOLOGICAL HAZARDS IN CONDUCTING EVALUATION RESEARCH
Author(s): M SIZEMORE; M ERNST
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SEVERAL PROBLEMATIC AREAS IN EVALUATION RESEARCH ARE DISCUSSED TO PREPARE RESEARCHERS TO DEAL WITH REAL SITUATIONS DURING PROGRAM EVALUATION.
Abstract: HAZARDS WHICH MAY IMPEDE THE PROGRESS OF THE EVALUATION EFFORT AND THE DECISION MADE FROM THE DATA ARE REVIEWED FOR THESE PROBLEM AREAS: (1) DEFINITION OF THE VARIABLES TO BE ASSESSED; (2) DELINEATION OF THE RESEARCH POPULATION; (3) PROCESS OF SAMPLE SELECTION; (4) IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RESEARCH IN THE FIELD; AND (5) STATISTICAL PRESENTATION OF THE DATA. AGREEMENT SHOULD BE MADE AMONG RESEARCHERS ON THE DEFINITION OF WHAT IS TO BE STUDIED BEFORE ACTUAL MEASUREMENT AND ALL RELEVANT VARIABLES SHOULD BE CLARIFIED. THE IDENTIFICATION OF SAMPLE SUBTYPES MUST BE AGREED UPON, AND THE RESEARCHER SHOULD MAINTAIN A CONCEPTUAL PURITY REGARDING THE MIX OF SERVICE TYPES WITHIN ANY PARTICULAR SUBGROUP. THE TIME FRAME USED FOR EVALUATION SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO OBTAIN LEGITIMATE RESULTS. TO ENSURE REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE SELECTION, AGENCY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ADMINISTRATORS AND SERVICE PERSONNEL SHOULD ALWAYS BE KEPT OPEN. PROBLEMS IN RESEARCH IMPLEMENTATION INCLUDE REFUSAL RATES AND NONCOOPERATIVE OR NONTRUTHFUL RESPONSES FROM THE SAMPLE POPULATION. IN PRESENTING DATA, THE EVALUATOR SHOULD CONSIDER POSSIBLE DIFFERENCES IN THE INTERESTS OF THE AGENCY PERSONNEL AND AVOID PREMATURE EXPOSURE TO DATA WHICH MIGHT LATER BE REVISED AFTER FURTHER ANALYSIS.
Index Term(s): Evaluation techniques; Evaluative research; Program evaluation
Note: PRESENTED AT THE SOUTHWEST SOCIAL SCIENCE CONVENTION, HOUSTON, TEXAS, APRIL 12-15, 1978
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