NIFL-ASSESSMENT 2004: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:488] RE: some definitions

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From: Marie Cora (mariecora@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Apr 08 2004 - 14:38:32 EDT


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Hi everyone,

Jeri noted in her posting that:

One example
>is the Even Start program that is in danger of being zero budgeted because 
>while it consistently produced outputs it did not produced enough outcomes 
>to suit the administration.

and it made me think that you might want some info on terms here - 
specifically outputs versus outcomes.  There are other related terms as 
well:  Inputs comes to mind.

I went to the handy-dandy Glossary of Useful Assessment Terms 
(http://www.sabes.org/assessment/glossary.htm) and only found a definition 
for outcomes - although I have seen definitions for the other terms.  Here's 
what I found for Outcomes:

"Changes in learners, such as learning gains in reading and writing, 
promotions at work, or increased self-confidence that occur as a direct 
result of their participation in adult literacy education; knowledge, 
attitudes, skills, etc., that the student or learner acquires as a result of 
a learning experience."

Anyone provide us with the definitions or a resource that defines the other 
related terms:  inputs, outputs, are there others?

thanks,
marie cora
NIFL Assessment List Moderator


>From: Jeri Levesque <levesqjr@webster.edu>
>Reply-To: nifl-assessment@nifl.gov
>To: Multiple recipients of list <nifl-assessment@literacy.nifl.gov>
>Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:479] 400+
>Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 18:11:50 -0400 (EDT)
>
>  Laura,
>
>I am an evaluator evaluation coordinator for Missouri's state literacy 
>resource center and local Even Start family literacy programs. I also teach 
>evaluation at the graduate level. I'm answering Jane's call to respond to 
>your posting.
>
>The current GPRA direction is aimed at performance outcomes and program 
>impacts.  The model currently in vogue is the logic model.  Your concern 
>about putting things in writing is valid, because federal programs that 
>can't demonstrate measured outcomes, as opposed to program activity 
>(outcomes) are in jeopardy. One example is the Even Start program that is 
>in danger of being zero budgeted because while it consistently produced 
>outputs it did not produced enough outcomes to suit the administration.  
>Your topic;
>
>I am currently trying
>to evaluate the success of a peer education curriculum designed to motivate
>women to get breast and cervical screenings
>
>is one I am fairly familiar with, I did a series of presentations for our 
>project here in Missouri.  I believe Marsha Drew Hohn also did some amazing 
>work in Lowell, Mass in a family literacy program, on the same subject. She 
>published her work as a NIFL Fellowship Report, I think you can order it 
>from ed.gov/pubs to see what measures she used.
>
>The outcomes you want to consider are women's knowlege, attitudes, skills, 
>and behaviors associated with BCS.  Is there a correlation between knowing 
>how important it is to do screening and then actually do monthly BSE's and 
>get regular mams and paps?  That's the real connection you're trying to 
>document.
>
>I suggest you start by reading Marsha's outstanding report (it is online at 
>NIFL but it's a pretty clunky set of PDFs) and then giving her a call.
>
>I've also included some web sites to help you to consider different 
>measures and evaluation designs.
>
>
>
>   1. American Evaluation Association
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=1&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D57f5faff626e8334%26clickedItemRank%3D3%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.eval.org%252F%26invocationType%3D-%26fromPage%3DNSCPIndex2%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eval.org%2F>
>
>      Devoted to the application and exploration of evaluation in all
>      its forms. ... Click here to go directly to the Evaluation 2004
>      website. ...
>      http://www.eval.org/
>   2. Evaluation Criteria from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why
>      ...
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=1&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D57f5faff626e8334%26clickedItemRank%3D6%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Flib.nmsu.edu%252Finstruction%252Fevalcrit.html%26invocationType%3D-%26fromPage%3DNSCPIndex2%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Flib.nmsu.edu%2Finstruction%2Fevalcrit.html>
>
>      A easy to use guide for web evaluation. Lists evaluation criteria
>      with links to actual pages that illustrate each point. ...
>      Evaluation Criteria. ...
>      http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html
>   3. evalwebs
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=2&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D59bf6f74fc9838eb%26clickedItemRank%3D13%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fgsociology.icaap.org%252Fmethods%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fgsociology.icaap.org%2Fmethods%2F>
>
>      ... Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research. This
>      page lists FREE resources for methods in evaluation and social
>      research. ...
>      http://gsociology.icaap.org/methods/
>   4. Resource Selection and Information Evaluation
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=3&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D4f4e6e365c5510%26clickedItemRank%3D23%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Falexia.lis.uiuc.edu%252F%257Ejanicke%252FEvaluate.html%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Falexia.lis.uiuc.edu%2F%7Ejanicke%2FEvaluate.html>
>
>      Resource Selection and Information Evaluation. ... Resource
>      selection and information evaluation involves answering three main
>      questions. ...
>      http://alexia.lis.uiuc.edu/~janicke/Evaluate.html
>   5. WWW Virtual Library: Evaluation
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=3&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D4f4e6e365c5510%26clickedItemRank%3D27%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.policy-evaluation.org%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.policy-evaluation.org%2F>
>
>      The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Evaluation. The Social
>      Policy-Evaluation area of the the World-Wide Web Virtual Library.
>      Links ...
>      http://www.policy-evaluation.org/
>   6. The Evaluation Center
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=3&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D4f4e6e365c5510%26clickedItemRank%3D28%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.wmich.edu%252Fevalctr%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wmich.edu%2Fevalctr%2F>
>
>      The Evaluation Center: Provides information about Center projects,
>      publications, staff, history, and support services, including the
>      Directory of Evaluators ...
>      http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/
>   7. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=3&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D4f4e6e365c5510%26clickedItemRank%3D29%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fpareonline.net%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fpareonline.net%2F>
>
>      ... on-line journal provides education professionals access to
>      refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment,
>      research, evaluation, and teaching ...
>      http://pareonline.net/
>   8. Online Evaluation Resource Library
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=4&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D59bf6f74fc984211%26clickedItemRank%3D37%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Foerl.sri.com%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Foerl.sri.com%2F>
>
>      home, : Online Evaluation Resource Library. ... Welcome to OERL,
>      the Online Evaluation Resource Library. ... OERL has been serving
>      the evaluation community for 4 years. ...
>      http://oerl.sri.com/
>   9. Basic Guide to Program Evaluation
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=5&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D59bf6f74fc9849b7%26clickedItemRank%3D46%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.mapnp.org%252Flibrary%252Fevaluatn%252Ffnl_eval.htm%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mapnp.org%2Flibrary%2Fevaluatn%2Ffnl_eval.htm>
>
>      Basic Guide to Program Evaluation Written by Carter McNamara, MBA,
>      PhD | Applies to nonprofits and for-profits unless noted
>      First-Timers | Library Catalog ...
>      http://www.mapnp.org/library/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm
>  10. Rubrics
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=6&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D4f4e6e365c6acd%26clickedItemRank%3D52%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ncsu.edu%252Fmidlink%252Fho.html%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncsu.edu%2Fmidlink%2Fho.html>
>
>      ... Rubrics and Evaluation Resources. ** NOTE: Download ... you.
>      The form also provides for self-evaluation, as well as
>      teacher-evaluation. You ...
>      http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/ho.html
>  11. evaluation cookbook contents
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=7&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D59bf6f74fc98555e%26clickedItemRank%3D63%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.icbl.hw.ac.uk%252Fltdi%252Fcookbook%252Fcontents.html%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.icbl.hw.ac.uk%2Fltdi%2Fcookbook%2Fcontents.html>
>
>      A practical guide to evaluation methods for lecturers, for
>      browsing online. A publication from LTDI. to ... INITIATIVE,
>      Evaluation Cookbook. ...
>      http://www.icbl.hw.ac.uk/ltdi/cookbook/contents.html
>  12. MEASURE Evaluation - Home Page
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=7&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D59bf6f74fc98555e%26clickedItemRank%3D64%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.cpc.unc.edu%252Fmeasure%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cpc.unc.edu%2Fmeasure%2F>
>
>      Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results. ...
>      http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/
>  13. User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation:
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=8&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D57f5faff626eb9b2%26clickedItemRank%3D79%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ehr.nsf.gov%252Frec%252Fprograms%252Fevaluation%252Fhandbook%252F%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ehr.nsf.gov%2Frec%2Fprograms%2Fevaluation%2Fhandbook%2F>
>
>      User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation: ... Table of
>      Contents & Introduction to the User-Friendly Handbook for Project
>      Evaluation: ...
>      http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/rec/programs/evaluation/handbook/
>  14. The Evaluation Exchange - at the Harvard Family Research Project
>      ...
>      
><http://search.netscape.com/ns/boomframe.jsp?query=evaluation&page=10&offset=0&result_url=redir%3Fsrc%3Dwebsearch%26requestId%3D4f4e6e365c7f9d%26clickedItemRank%3D92%26userQuery%3Devaluation%26clickedItemURN%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gse.harvard.edu%252Fhfrp%252Feval.html%26invocationType%3Dnext%26fromPage%3DNSCPNextPrev%26amp%3BampTest%3D1&remove_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gse.harvard.edu%2Fhfrp%2Feval.html>
>
>      Harvard Family Research Project's free periodical, The Evaluation
>      Exchange, provides a forum for knowledge-sharing among evaluators,
>      policymakers, and ...
>      http://www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/eval.html
>
>McREL and others have free publications (print) on evaluation - I have a 
>bunch of other resources that I'd be happy to share.
>
>Jeri Levesque, Ed.D.
>Associate Professor, Director, Webster Institute for Literacy
>Webster University
>St. Louis, MO
>
>
>North Central Regional Education Lab   Evaluation Reports     
>http://www.ncrel.org/re/mdade/
>
>
>Schwerdtfeger, Jane wrote:
>
>>Laura, your topic sounds really interesting.  It would be a great topic to
>>explore, and maybe we could get some evaluators or psychometricians who
>>focus on educational assessment to comment on the discussion too.
>>
>>Jane Schwerdtfeger
>>
>>
>>
>>
>

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