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NCJ Number: 50829 Find in a Library
Title: INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN EVALUATION RESEARCH
Journal: POLICY ANALYSIS  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(SUMMER 1977)  Pages:429-444
Author(s): C D CARY
Corporate Author: University of California Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: University of California Press
Berkeley, CA 94720
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A COURSE THAT PROVIDES STUDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S MASTER OF ARTS IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM WITH AN OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC PROGRAM EVALUATION IS DESCRIBED.
Abstract: THE COURSE DEALS WITH THE CONCEPTION, EXECUTION, AND USE OF EVALUATION, AND IS INTENDED TO TRAIN STUDENTS TO MANAGE COMPETENTLY RATHER THAN ACTUALLY TO CONDUCT EVALUATION RESEARCH. THE COURSE IS PRESENTED IN 16 SEMINARS. THE FIRST EIGHT SEMINARS FOCUS ON MAJOR FACETS OF THE EVALUATION PROCESS, SUCH AS THE KINDS OF INFORMATION SOUGHT AND THE METHODS OF COLLECTING DATA TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION. THE REMAINING SEMINARS ARE DEVOTED TO STUDENTS' PRESENTATIONS OF THEIR INDEPENDENT PROJECTS, IN WHICH THEY EXAMINE THE WAYS IN WHICH PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS AND POLICY ANALYSTS ACTUALLY EVALUATE PROGRAMS. THE TOPICS OF ASSIGNED READINGS AND DIRECTED DISCUSSIONS, THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE READINGS WERE SELECTED, AND THE TEACHING TECHNIQUES USED IN CONDUCTING THE SEMINARS ARE DISCUSSED, AS ARE THE PREPARATION OF INDEPENDENT PROJECTS, GRADING PROBLEMS IN TEACHING THE COURSE, AND STUDENTS' REACTIONS TO THE COURSE. THE ONE SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEM IN TEACHING THE COURSE HAS BEEN THE STUDENTS' STRONG PREFERENCE FOR THE PRACTICAL OVER THE ABSTRACT OR THEORETICAL. STUDENTS VIEW THE INDEPENDENT PROJECTS AS THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF THE COURSE. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Degree programs; Evaluation; Higher education; Iowa; Program evaluation; Public administration
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