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NCJ Number: 67440 Find in a Library
Title: NEXT DECADE IN EVALUATION RESEARCH
Journal: EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING  Volume:2  Issue:4  Dated:(1979)  Pages:255-262
Author(s): H E FREEMAN; M A SOLOMON
Corporate Author: Pergamon Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press, Inc
Elmsford, NY 10523
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE FIELD OF EVALUATION RESEARCH HAS GROWN RAPIDLY AND WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE 1980'S, BUT SUCH RESEARCH WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY CHANGES IN METHODS AND PROGRAMS.
Abstract: THE 1970'S SAW A REMARKABLE SPURT OF GROWTH IN THE EVALUATION FIELD. THIS GROWTH WAS MARKED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EVALUATION AS A NEW INDUSTRY, THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW PROFESSIONALISM IN THE FIELD, RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EVALUATION BY THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY, QUALITY CONTROL EFFORTS BY WATCHDOG GROUPS, AND EFFORTS TO ADDRESS METHODOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND MAXIMIZE DISSEMINATION OF STUDIES. IN THE FUTURE, THERE WILL BE SHIFTS IN OUTLOOK FOR EVALUATION RESEARCH. INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS WILL DECLINE. THERE WILL BE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND MANAGERIAL EVALUATIONS OF OUTGOING PROGRAMS THAN OF TRUE EXPERIMENTS TO TEST NEWLY CREATED VENTURES. EVALUATION WILL SHIFT FROM AN ACADEMIC TO AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SETTING, CONSEQUENTLY INFLUENCING THE WAYS THE FIELD WILL DEVELOP METHODOLOGICALLY. DISCOVERIES IN METHOD WILL BE MORE PRACTICAL THAN BASIC. IN THE FUTURE, CONTINUED FEDERAL FUNDING IN HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE WILL BE DEPENDENT ON DEMONSTRATED PROGRAM IMPACT, AND SUNSET LEGISLATION. THERE WILL BE FEWER IMPORTANT POLICY EVALUATIONS AND MORE ADMINISTRATIVE AND MANAGERIAL EFFORTS. EVALUATION QUESTIONS WILL INCREASINGLY BE SPECIFIED EITHER BY CONGRESS OR THE ADMINISTERING AGENCY, INCLUDING THE SETTING OF DESIGN AND METHODOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDIES. OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTIGATOR-INSPIRED STUDIES AND BASIC METHODOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT WILL DECREASE. THUS, EVALUATION WILL BECOME LESS IDENTIFIED WITH THE GENERAL SOCIAL RESEARCH COMMUNITY. THE PROFESSIONALIZATION OF EVALUATION SPECIALISTS MAY SEPARATE THEM FROM THE SOCIAL SCIENTISTS. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS SERIOUS CONSIDERATION AND HAS RELEVANCE FOR GRADUATE TRAINING, THE DIRECTION OF ALL SOCIAL RESEARCH ACTIVITIES, AND PERHAPS THE VERY LIFE OF ACADEMIC SOCIAL SCIENCE. ONE TABLE AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation of evaluation; Evaluative research; Planning
Note: MATERIAL IN THE PAPER PREPARED FOR THE AMERICAN-GERMAN WORKSHOP ON EVALUATION RESEARCH, BERLIN, WEST GERMANY, JUNE 29-30, 1979
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