… the systematic assessment of the operation and/or outcomes of a program or policy , compared to a set of explicit or implicit standards as a means of contributing to the improvement of the program or policy. Weiss, 1998 Management Overview Program Evaluation Definition
Has evaluation improved & proved driver education?
Negative influence on beliefs and policy
Weak in formative/process areas
Statistical weaknesses in summative evaluations
Unsystematic – “hit & run” research
Lots of room for improvement:
Positive, cost-effective program impacts
Knowledge & know-how
Five Steps to Evaluating Step 1 FOCUS the EVALUATION Step 5 INTERPRET FINDINGS & TAKE ACTION Step 4 GATHER & ANALYZE DATA Step 3 IDENTIFY DATA COLLECTION PLAN & TOOLS Step 2 SELECT EVALUATION METHODS PROGRAM
Researchers typically believe “driver education doesn’t work”
“ For more effective driver education in the future, key people in both camps must work together toward improving evaluation and using evaluation tools to improve driver education.” Management Overview p.15
Evaluating Driver Education Programs : Comprehensive Guidelines Management Overview How-To Manual What is next? Large-Scale Evaluations of Driver Education Programs Implementation of Guidelines Guidelines
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