Formative Evaluation of PRELs Regional Educational Laboratory Products and Services.Report as inadecuate

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A formative evaluation was conducted to determine the types and amount of dissemination and services the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) provided to its constituency in the first 9 months of 1999. The evaluation also studied how recipients of REL products and services perceived the usefulness and quality of the products and services provided, and it identified strengths and areas for improvement for program refinement. A total of 129 questionnaires (39%) of an original 300 were returned, and most were usable. In the first 9 months of 1999, the REL disseminated over 8,000 copies of products, print and other media, to its constituents, and over 75% of the recipients found the products useful. They expressed satisfaction with the overall quality of the materials, indicated that the products had a positive impact on their work, and encouraged the REL to continue to improve the accessibility of its products to educators. In the same period, the REL provided about 60,000 person hours of service in the various formats. Response to these services were favorable. Over 50% of respondents received the services available to them, and most did so more than once. The REL conducted 21 workshops and presentations, and an overwhelming majority of participants ranked the attributes of the workshops and presentations very highly. About 20% of survey respondents were not familiar with REL products, a finding that suggests that ways should be found to promote REL products and services and improve their accessibility. Three appendixes contain the client survey, the workshop participant questionnaire, and a list of products distributed. (Contains 19 tables.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Information Dissemination, Program Evaluation, Surveys, Technical Assistance, Users (Information)

Author: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.


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