Effect of an evaluation-feedback system on an early childhood education program



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In the context of the present study a comprehensive model for program evaluation of small service delivery organizations was proposed. The model was implemented in an early childhood education facility and evaluated by the extent of subsequent changes in the program. The model involved the empirical establishment of program objectives, the development of an ongoing monitor-feedback process and a cost-benefit analysis. A repeated measures design was used in which feedback was presented in three stages. Significant behavior change subsequent to feedback occurred on eight variables. Five changes were considered desirable: 1) increased adult cooperation with children, 2) decreased social isolation among children, 3) increased appropriate adult correction of children, 4) increased magnitude on overall desirability index for adult to child interactions, 5) increased magnitude on overall desirability index for child to adult interactions. Three changes subsequent to feedback were considered undesirable: 1) increased adult aggression towards children, 2) increased aggression among the children, 3) decreased adult affection towards children. All behavior changes were in the predicted directions.