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NCJ Number: 65018 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: EVALUABILITY ASSESSMENT - MAKING PUBLIC PROGRAMS WORK BETTER
Author(s): R E SCHMIDT; J W SCANLON; J B BELL
Corporate Author: Project SHARE
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 107
Sponsoring Agency: Project SHARE
Rockville, MD 20852
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20201
Sale Source: Project SHARE
P.O. Box 2309
Rockville, MD 20852
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS MANUAL DESCRIBES THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES NECESARY TO COMPLETE AN EVALUABILITY ASSESSMENT (EA).
Abstract: EA IS A DESCRIPTIVE AND ANALYTIC PROCESS INTENDED TO PRODUCE A REASONED BASIS FOR PROCEEDING WITH AN EVALUATION OF USE TO BOTH MANAGEMENT AND POLICYMAKERS. EA CONSISTS OF FOUR STEPS: DESCRIBE THE PROGRAM, VALIDATE AND ANALYZE THE PROGRAM CAN BE EVALUATED, CONSTRUCT ALTERNATIVES WHENEVER NECESSARY, AND IMPLEMENT MANAGEMENT DECISIONS. THE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION CONSISTS OF TWO ELEMENTS: REAL PROGRAMS AND VARIOUS DESCRIPTIONS OF REAL PROGRAMS. THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF DESCRIBING THE PROGRAM IS EXPLAINED BY THE USE OF MODELS AND METHODS TO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM THE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, POLICYMAKERS, AND PROGRAM OPERATORS. IDENTIFICATION OF COMPONENTS NECESSARY TO THE EVALUATOR'S DESCRIPTION ALSO IS INVOLVED. ANALYSIS OF THE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION INCLUDES CONSIDERATION OF SEVERAL QUESTIONS, SUCH AS THE RELIABILITY OF MANAGEMENT'S EVIDENCE, THE PLAUSIBILITY OF MANAGEMENT'S EXPECTATIONS, AND OTHER FACTORS. CONSTRUCTION OF ALTERNATIVES INCLUDES ALTERNATIVE EXPECTATIONS, ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES, AND ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION APPROACHES. THE FINAL STEP, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EVALUABILITY ASSESSMENT FINDINGS, INVOLVES THE PROCESSES OF MANAGEMENT DECISIONMAKING AND FOLLOWTHROUG. TABULAR DATA, REFERENCES, AND A LIST OF SUPPLEMENATARY READINGS ARE PROVIDED. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Analysis; Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Federal programs; Program evaluation
Note: HUMAN SERVICES, N 14, NOVEMBER 1979, MONOGRAPH SERIES
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