A Look at Planning and Evaluation Linkages Across the Nation

D. E. Elson, D. C. Strickland, J. D. Oliver, J. Perry, E. Tomchin

Comprehensive evaluation and substantive planning in vocational education are not clearly linked in most states. This study reports on how to improve evaluation utilization through better linking of state-level evaluation and planning. State directors and their staffs completed survey instruments as well as in-depth interviews. Among the factors which facilitate the complementary uses of planning and evaluation are regionalization, clear policy direction/mission, and a usable and accessible data system.

MDS-133 / October 1991

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